(a) A person who violates this chapter, a rule adopted under this chapter, or an order adopted under this chapter is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for each violation. Each day a violation continues is a separate violation for purposes of civil penalty assessment.
(b) On request of the department, the attorney general or the county attorney or district attorney of the county in which the violation is alleged to have occurred shall file suit to collect the penalty.
Terms Used In Texas Agriculture Code 19.013
- Department: means the Department of Agriculture. See Texas Agriculture Code 1.003
- Person: includes corporation, organization, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, and any other legal entity. See Texas Government Code 311.005
- Rule: includes regulation. See Texas Government Code 311.005
- Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
(c) A civil penalty collected under this section in a suit filed by the attorney general shall be deposited to the credit of an account in the general revenue fund. A civil penalty collected under this section in a suit filed by a county or district attorney shall be divided between the state and the county in which the county or district attorney brought suit, with 50 percent of the amount collected paid to the state for deposit to the credit of an account in the general revenue fund and 50 percent of the amount collected paid to the county. Funds credited to the account in the general revenue fund may be appropriated only to the department for purposes of administering and enforcing this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter.
(d) The department is entitled to appropriate injunctive relief to prevent or abate a violation of this chapter or an order adopted under this chapter. On request of the department, the attorney general or the county or district attorney of the county in which the alleged violation is threatened or occurring shall file suit for the injunctive relief. Venue is in the county in which the alleged violation is threatened or is occurring.
(e) A person is not subject to both a criminal penalty under Section 19.012 and a civil penalty under this section for the same violation of law.