(a) The legislature finds that cotton pests are a menace to the cotton industry, and
that control of those pests is a public necessity. Any portion of the state that is susceptible to infestation by cotton pests must
be protected from this public nuisance and threat to the continued stability of the
(b) The legislature finds that volunteer and other noncommercial cotton is a public
nuisance that threatens the cotton growers' boll weevil eradication program by serving
as a host for cotton pests such as boll weevils and pink bollworms. To protect the cotton industry of this state, volunteer and other noncommercial
cotton must be eliminated subject to the provisions of this chapter.
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