(a) Bees, equipment, pollen, or honey seized by the chief apiary inspector under Section 131.021 of this code shall be treated, destroyed, or sold at public auction.
(b) At least five days before an item seized under Section 131.021 of this code may be treated, destroyed, or sold, the inspector shall send by certified
mail, return receipt requested, written notice of the proposed disposition of the
item to the last known address of the beekeeper or the owner of the item. The notice must describe the item, the proposed disposition of the item, and the
reason for the disposition. If the name or address of the beekeeper or owner of the item is unknown, the inspector
(1) publish notice of the proposed disposition for at least five consecutive days
in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the property was seized;
(2) post notice of the proposed disposition for at least five consecutive days in
three public places, including the door of the county courthouse, in the county where
the property was seized.
(c) If the inspector sells bees, equipment, pollen, or honey at a public auction under
this section, the inspector shall return the proceeds of the sale to the former owner
after deducting the costs of the sale.
(d) The owner of bees, equipment, pollen, or honey treated or destroyed under this
section is liable for the costs of treatment or destruction, and the inspector may
sue to collect those costs. The inspector shall remit money collected under this subsection to the comptroller
for deposit to the credit of the general revenue fund.
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