Several provisions that impact the horse industry, including maintaining a ban on horse slaughter, were included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Dec. 13.
Tax provisions that were favorable to the horse industry and expired in 2013 have been extended by the U.S. House of Representatives and are expected to become law by the end of the year.
The impact of an executive order on immigration issued by President Obama on the horse industry remains unclear, the American Horse Council said Nov. 21.
Concerned about what it calls "vague and unclear terms and definitions," in proposed changes, the American Horse Council (AHC) submitted comments opposing changes to the Clean Water Act.
The American Horse Council has opposed the easing of the current 60-day U.S. Department of Agriculture import requirement on horses from Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. House of Representatives July 10 passed a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent the bonus depreciation, according to an American Horse Council advisory.
The U.S. House July 8 passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which allows vets transport, administer and dispense controlled substances and medications outside of their registered offices and hospitals.
The 45th annual meeting of the American Horse Council held in Washington, D.C., in late June, drew nearly 200 attendees including industry leaders from 50 organizations, members of Congress and staff, and federal regulators.
The National Uniform Medication Program wasn't on the agenda at the recent American Horse Council convention, but progress on that front was addressed during forums and in conversations among attendees.
Declines in the number of foals and registered horses have created challenges for the equine industry at large, though the situation has raised another major question: Where have all the owners gone?
An American Horse Council program is encouraging all horse operations to use the buzz from a potential Triple Crown winner to introduce racing and equestrian sports to new owners.
Massachusetts is the first U.S. racing authority to endorse horse safety and welfare guidelines from the International Group of Specialists Racing Veterinarians.
The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill that impacts the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported May 28.
The odds for Congress passing legislation related to equine medication and Internet gambling this year are long, a Washington, D.C.-based official said May 1 during the University of Kentucky Equine Law Conference.
"Where Have All the Horses Gone" is the theme for the American Horse Council's 2014 National Issues Forum held June 24 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AHC's annual meeting.
The American Horse Council reported more than 60 tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of racehorses.
Keeneland president Bill Thomason has been elected to the American Horse Council board of trustees, succeeding Nick Nicholson.
The American Horse Council is asking its member organizations, their members, and the entire horse community to help in the drafting of the 2015 National Animal Health Monitoring System Equine Study.
The shutdown of non-essential federal government operations as a result of the lack of agreement in Congress over a federal funding bill could impact certain aspects of the horse industry.
Children aged 7 and older as well as adults lined up to take advantage of the free rides in the Del Mar infield July 21 as part of the Time to Ride program.
Congressmen Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) have been named co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus in the 113th Congress. They replace Congressmen Dennis Cardoza (D-Cal.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.).
The U.S. Senate has passed historic immigration legislation that offers hopes of American citizenship to millions, promises a military-style surge to secure the border, and also should have a positive effect on horse racing.
The American Horse Council has expressed its support of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which soon will be considered by the United States Senate.
In addition to reports on the progress of the National Equine Health Plan, this year the Forum will include a presentation on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect the horse industry.
The focus of this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum will be "A Healthy Horse, A Healthy Industry," officials recently announced.
The American Horse Council has announced the election of John Long, Scott Wells, and Don Treadway to the organization's board of trustees.
R.J. Layher recently joined the American Horse Council as the director of Health and Regulatory Affairs.
On April 2, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it has temporarily suspended processing most petitions for new H-2B temporary non-agricultural workers.
R.J. Layher has joined the American Horse Council as director of health and regulatory affairs.
Legislation continues to be considered at the federal level that would allow sports gambling and federal legislators also are expected to revisit Internet poker in 2013.
The United States Department of Agriculture 2012 census will include horses, and the American Horse Council is urging horse farms to participate.
Gagliano has been the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, since Jan. 1, 2010.
John Cashman, president of the former Castleton Standardbred operation in Lexington for more than 20 years and the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, died Sept. 22 in Atlantis, Fla., from cancer.
Jim Shoemake has been elected chairman of the American Horse Council board of trustees, the organization announced July 10.
Madelyn Millard, who manages the equine division at Waterwild Farm near Lexington, has been awarded this year's Van Ness Award for leadership and service to the horse community in Kentucky.
The American Horse Council's National Issues Forum, entitled "Reinvigorating the Horse Industry," will feature a new national marketing initiative for the horse industry.
The June 26 National Issues Forum offered by the American Horse Council in Washington, D.C., will focus on "Reinvigorating the Horse Industry," the organization said April 25.
The United States Department of Labor has issued a rule on the H-2B temporary worker guest program that has ramifications for the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported April 17.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has hired a Washington, D.C.-based firm to handle its legislative affairs given the organization is no longer a member of the NTRA.
Federal legislation extending payroll tax deductions didn't extend the Section 179 expense deduction or 100% bonus depreciation, the American Horse Council reported Jan. 3.
The American Horse Council reports that Congress has taken action that will prohibit the Department of Labor from implementing a new wage rule for the H-2B program that would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2012.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana Sept. 19 as a companion to legislation already introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Edith Stanger received the AHC's annual Van Ness Award for her dedication to the Idaho horse industry.
The American Horse Council's National Issues Forum, entitled "Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry," will feature several prominent speakers, the organization announced June 2.
"Congress on a Diet: What It Means for the Horse Industry" will be the theme for the annual National Issues Forum sponsored by the American Horse Council.
Employers would be required to provide documentation that they have attempted to recruit U.S. workes under proposed changes from Department of Labor.
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank and California Republican Rep. John Campbell have introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (H.R. 1174).
After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the Senate in early January.
President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 into law Sept. 27, the American Horse Council (AHC) reported Sept. 28.
U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has been awarded the American Horse Council's 2010 Rolapp Award, presented annually to a member of Congress.
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