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Sid Miller

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

You may have heard Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller supports using a poison that will kill feral hogs ruining Texas crops and farm land. Miller likes to say the poison will bring about a “Hog Apocalypse” in Texas.

From Texas Standard:

With his cowboy hat and boots in a suit, few Texas politicians cut the figure Sid Miller does. Part of his job is being de facto ambassador, promoting Texas-made food and the like.

But when an investigation by the Houston Chronicle alleged Miller's trips to Oklahoma and Mississippi – paid for by state and campaign money – weren't all business, the Texas Rangers stepped in to investigate.

 


Texas Agriculture Chief Won't Face Charges For "Jesus Shot" Trip

Sep 21, 2016
Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Travis County prosecutors will not press criminal charges against Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller for tapping taxpayer funds for two trips that involved personal activities — including an appearance in a Mississippi rodeo and the receipt of a medical injection in Oklahoma called the “Jesus Shot.”

Ryan E. Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an order to all state agencies, requesting they not use emergency leave and severance packages for state employees intending to leave the job.  Non-profits focused on state ethics codes say the Legislature should also be doing more to fix the problem and investigate agencies for alleged abuse.

Ryan E. Poppe


KUT Public Radio

The Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the Texas Rangers are conducting a criminal investigation of allegations involving Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sidney Miller.

The DPS says the Rangers are trying to determine whether Miller  violated state statutes by abusing his  official capacity as an elected official. 

From Texas Standard:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent visit to Mississippi has him bucking big criticism.

Miller went to compete for prize money – netting over $800 in winnings for calf-roping – and paid for the whole thing using a combination of state and campaign funds.

Ryan E. Poppe

The sometimes controversial, always candid Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is just over a year into his first term as a state-elected official.  In an interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Miller discusses his efforts to increase fees and allow schools to serve deep-fried foods again.  

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / The Texas Tribune

In response to widespread concerns from state lawmakers and the agriculture community, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will wait to hike fees on many licenses, registrations and services that his agency provides.

The fee increases will now kick in Jan. 1 rather than Dec. 1, the Republican announced Friday, saying “much of the feedback” his agency received on its proposal called for “a delay in implementing the new rules to give industry stakeholders additional time to plan for changes.”

Aides to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller say Miller has no plans to apologize for a post on a campaign Facebook account this past weekend that appeared to advocate the atomic bombing of “the Muslim world.” The post has since been deleted. The commissioner, who is on a trade mission to China, also has no plans to figure out which staffer shared the post.

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