Press release regarding the signing of killer bee legislation, May 17, 1989
Press release regarding the signing of killer bee legislation, May 17, 1989. Regarding legislation that would provide emergency appropriation to the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station for research on the Africanized honey bees expected to arrive in Texas within the year.
Clements, William P., 1917-2011
"Texas Governor Term 2, 1987-1991"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 2nd Term, 1987-1991"
Press Office Records | 2nd term
Texas State library and archives commission
Clements Texas Papers
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: REGGIE BASHUR MAY 17, 1989 (512) 463-1826 GOVERNOR SIGNS KILLER BEE LEGISLATION Governor Bill Clements today will sign legislation providing an emergency appropriation to the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station for research on Africanized honey bees. The measure immediately provides $100,000 to determine dis- tribution, density and population dynamics of the bees and to develop technologies currently lacking to deal with the bees once they reach the Texas border. "It is an important piece of legislation," Clements said. "This is a preventative step to help protect our agriculture industry." Experts at Texas A&M University estimate the bees will arrive in the state in late 1989 or early 1990. The bees most immediate impact on the state could come to the extensive beekeeping industry, estimated to be more than $15 million a year. To date, the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station and the Texas Agriculture Extension Service have been working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture and officials in Mexico on research into the Africanized bees. Governor Clements will sign the legislation in a ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Governor's Reception Room. —30—