Text: H.R.4098 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/26/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4098

To amend the Horse Protection Act to provide increased protection for horses participating in shows, exhibitions, or sales, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 26, 2014

Mrs. Blackburn (for herself, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Duncan of Tennessee, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mrs. Black, Mr. Fincher, Mr. Barr, Mr. Rahall, and Mr. Roe of Tennessee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend the Horse Protection Act to provide increased protection for horses participating in shows, exhibitions, or sales, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Definition.

Section 2 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1821) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following new paragraph:

“(2) The term ‘objective inspection’ means an inspection conducted using only inspection methods based on science-based protocols (including swabbing or blood testing protocols) that—

“(A) have been the subject of testing and are capable of producing scientifically reliable, reproducible results;

“(B) have been subjected to peer review; and

“(C) have received acceptance in the veterinary or other applicable scientific community.”.

SEC. 3. Increasing protections for horses participating in horse shows, exhibitions, or sales or auctions.

(a) Findings.—Section 3 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1822) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (5) and (6), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new paragraph:

“(4) the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture has determined the program through which the Secretary inspects horses is not adequate to ensure compliance with this Act;”.

(b) Horse shows and exhibitions.—Section 4(c) of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1823(c)) is amended—

(1) in the first sentence, by striking “appointment by the management of any horse show, horse exhibition, or horse sale or auction of persons qualified to detect and diagnose a horse which is sore or to otherwise inspect horses for the purposes of enforcing this Act” and inserting “that affiliation and appointment”;

(2) by inserting before the first sentence, the following: “(1) The Horse Industry Organization established under paragraph (2) shall establish a formal affiliation with the management of each horse sale, horse exhibition, and horse sale or auction, appoint inspectors to conduct inspections at each such show, exhibition, and sale or auction, and in coordination with the Secretary, otherwise ensure compliance with this Act.”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(2)(A) Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall prescribe by regulation the establishment of a single horse industry organization (referred to in this Act as the ‘Horse Industry Organization’ or the ‘HIO’). The HIO shall be headed or otherwise governed by not more than nine individuals appointed in accordance with the following:

“(i) Four individuals shall be appointed by the heads of State agencies on agriculture, two of whom shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Tennessee and two of whom shall be appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“(ii) Two individuals representing the Tennessee Walking Horse industry shall be appointed from within such industry by the individuals appointed under clause (i) in accordance with a process developed by the individuals so appointed in consultation with the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association.

“(iii) Not more than three individuals shall be appointed by the six individuals appointed under clauses (i) and (ii).

“(B) The nine individuals appointed under clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) of subparagraph (A) shall establish a process for filling any vacancy and for the subsequent appointment of individuals initially appointed under such subparagraph.

“(C) Section 14(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.; relating to the termination of advisory committees) shall not apply to the HIO.

“(D) The Horse Industry Organization shall issue policies establishing requirements for any person licensed by the Horse Industry Organization or a member of the immediate family of such a person to be free from conflicts of interest, by reason of any association or connection with the walking horse industry including through—

“(i) being employed by or providing any services to any show manager, trainer, owner, or exhibitor of Tennessee Walking horses, Spotted Saddle horses, or Racking horses; and

“(ii) training, exhibiting, shoeing, breeding, or selling Tennessee Walking horses, Spotted Saddle horses, or Racking horses.

“(E) Not later than 90 days after the date on which the Horse Industry Organization is established pursuant to this paragraph, the Secretary shall revoke the certification issued to any horse industry organization under section 11.7 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation), as in effect on such date.”.

(c) Unlawful acts.—Section 5 of the Horse Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1824) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3), by striking “appoint and retain a person in accordance with section 4(c) of this Act” and inserting “establish a formal affiliation with the Horse Industry Organization under section 4(c)”;

(2) in paragraph (4), by striking “appoint and retain a qualified person in accordance with section 4(c) of this Act” and inserting “establish a formal affiliation with the Horse Industry Organization under section 4(c)”;

(3) in paragraph (5), by striking “appointed and retained a person in accordance with section 4(c) of this Act” and inserting “establish a formal affiliation with the Horse Industry Organization under section 4(c)”; and

(4) in paragraph (6)—

(A) by striking “appointed and retained a person in accordance with section 4(c) of this Act” and inserting “established a formal affiliation with the Horse Industry Organization under section 4(c)”; and

(B) by striking “such person or the Secretary” and inserting “a person licensed by the Horse Industry Organization”.

SEC. 4. Regulations.

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue regulations to carry out the amendments made by this Act.