Which Texan is a Texan?
Posted October 18, 2018 07:02:20 Texas lawmakers are working on a bill that would make it a crime to use a horned reptile as a weapon, which could result in a fine up to $1,000.
In a statement released by the Texas House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Rep. John Whitmire, R-Lubbock, said the bill would make Texas the second state to pass such a law.
Whitmire, who is chairman of the committee, said lawmakers were concerned that some Texans would use the horned reptiles as a way to intimidate people, and would be able to avoid a felony conviction.
“This bill would prevent the criminalization of lawful and lawful uses of wildlife,” Whitmire said.
“We’re concerned that individuals might use the bill to intimidate their neighbors, to threaten people, to cause them injury or even death.”
Lawmakers introduced the bill in March.
It passed the House last month, but it has yet to be heard by the Senate.
“We’ve had a lot of people use the word ‘horned lizard’ to describe us and to describe some of our members,” said Whitmire.
“I think we’ve got to make it clear that this is a new law that is not new, and we’re trying to clarify some of the language of the law.”
Whitmire said he would also introduce legislation to protect wildlife habitat and public safety.
He did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press.