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S.1406: PAST Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about animals
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Sponsor Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
Total Cosponsors 59 (48 Democrats, 2 Independents, 9 Republicans)
Introduced July 31, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 15, 2014
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Bill Summary

Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2014 or the PAST Act - (Sec. 2) Amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA) 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.) Directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prescribe regulatory requirements to license, train, assign, and oversee persons who are to be hired by the management of horse shows, exhibitions, sales, or auctions and are qualified to detect and diagnose sore horses or otherwise inspect horses at such events.

Prohibits issuing a license to any person unless such person is free from conflicts of interest. Authorizes USDA to revoke a license for unsatisfactory performance. Requires USDA to give a preference to persons who are licensed or accredited veterinarians in issuing the licenses.

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(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 15, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 562.
Sept. 15, 2014 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-254.
April 9, 2014 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
July 31, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.