Source: American Horse Council
On May 23, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-MT) introduced the ‘‘Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act,” in an effort to insulate the livestock industry from the changes facing the commercial trucking industry. In it the Secretary of Transportation shall amend the federal regulations to ensure that a driver transporting livestock or insects within a 300 air-mile radius from the point at which the driver begins the trip shall exclude all time spent;
Finally, if the driver is within 150 air-miles of the point of delivery, any additional driving to that point of delivery shall not be included in the calculation of the driving time; and the 10-hour rest period that currently exists shall not apply prior to unloading.
The American Horse Council will continue to work to limit unnecessary regulatory burden on the horse industry while encouraging legislation that protects the health, welfare and safety of America’s horses and drivers.
Please contact Cliff Williamson at the American Horse Council with any questions.
As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers, and members of the American Horse Council (AHC) are critical to ensuring that our industry has a voice on Capitol Hill. We rely on you to contact your members of Congress through Action Alerts when an issue has arisen that requires industry action. We also encourage members to visit with or contact their congressional representatives throughout the year as they see fit.
Traditionally, the AHC has held a Congressional Ride-In on the final day of the AHC’s Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum where meeting attendees and AHC members go up to Capitol Hill and meet with their representatives on issues that are of importance to them and the industry that they love.
After receiving feedback from our members, we have decided to add a second Congressional Ride-In for our members in the fall. The legislative calendar and election cycle, combined with several key issues that the AHC is working on, make the fall a perfect opportunity for the AHC and its members to visit Capitol Hill and have our voice heard. The AHC will introduce participants to the legislative process and discuss legislation that impacts the equine industry, and participants will visit Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials and advocate on behalf of the industry. Finally, the AHC will host a debrief and networking session. All participants in the fall Ride-In will receive a special pin to represent their advocacy role on behalf of the AHC.
“The fly-ins are part of AHCs’ ongoing effort to elevate the equine industry’s voice on Capitol Hill,” said Julie Broadway, AHC President. “The fall Ride-In is a free event and all AHC members and horse enthusiasts are encouraged to participate.”
The AHC still encourages those attending the June meeting to set up appointments and visit with their representatives while they are in town. Please contact AHC Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Bryan Brendle, at email@example.com assistance in setting up appointments.
Please keep an eye out for more information on the fall Ride-In as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you when the leaves change!
**Article Credit to American Horse Council – View on AHC Website**