The Humane Society of the United States is reporting that Texas lawmakers have introduced legislation that would make it illegal to sell, purchase or transport shark fins in the state. The bill (HB 852/SB 572) was introduced by Representative Eddie Lucio III, and Senator Larry Taylor. If passed, the law would take effect on July 1, 2014. Similar legislation has been passed in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington.
You can read the full text of the proposed House and Senate bills by following the links below.