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H.R.4098: Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about animals
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Sponsor Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Total Cosponsors 13 (2 Democrats, 11 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 26, 2014
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2014
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Bill Summary

Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013 [sic] - Amends the Horse Protection Act to replace the Designated Qualified Persons program responsible for inspecting horses for soring with a new inspection system. (The soring of horses is any of various actions taken on a horse's limb to produce a higher gait that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness.)

Requires the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a single Horse Industry Organization (HIO) in order to establish a formal affiliation with the management of each horse sale, horse exhibition, and horse sale or auction, appoint inspectors to conduct inspections, and otherwise ensure compliance with the Horse Protection Act.

Directs the appointment of individuals by the Commissioners of Agriculture for Tennessee and Kentucky to govern the HIO. Requires those individuals to appoint individuals representing the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Feb. 26, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.