Horse Protection Act Amendments

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Horse Protection Act Amendments

Horse Protection Act Amendments

Act Details

Horse Protection Act Amendments was, as a bill, a proposal (now, a piece of legislation) introduced on 1975-02-24 in the House of Commons and Senate respectively of the 94 United States Congress by John Varick Tunney in relation with: Animals, Animals and birds, Horses, Protection of animals.

Horse Protection Act Amendments became law (1) in the United States on 1976-07-13

It was referred to the following Committee(s): (2)

Senate Commerce (SSCM)
House Interstate and Foreign Commerce (HSIF)

John Varick Tunney, member of the US congress
John Varick Tunney, Democrat, Senator from California

The proposal had the following cosponsors:

Alan Cranston, Democrat, Senator, from California
Mike Gravel, Senator, from Alaska
Hugh Williamson, Federalist, from North Carolina, district 4
Rupert Vance Hartke, Democrat, Senator, from Indiana
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Democrat, Senator, from Minnesota
Edward Kennedy, Democrat, Senator, from Massachusetts
Warren Grant Magnuson, Democrat, Senator, from Washington
Charles Mccurdy Mathias, Republican, Senator, from Maryland
Gale William Mcgee, Democrat, Senator, from Wyoming
Jonathan Trumbull, Federalist, from Connecticut
Frank Moss, Democrat, Senator, from Utah
William Proxmire, Democrat, Senator, from Wisconsin
Abraham Alexander Ribicoff, Democrat, Senator, from Connecticut
Hugh Doggett Scott, Republican, Senator, from Pennsylvania
Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Democrat, Representative, from Illinois, district 13
Herman Talmadge, Senator, from Georgia
Harrison Arlington Williams, Democrat, Senator, from New Jersey

Act Overview

Text of the Horse Protection Act Amendments

(Measure passed House amended in lieu of H.R. 13711) Horse Protection Act Amendments – Amends the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to redefine “sore” when used to describe a horse. Disqualifies a sore horse from any horse show or exhibition. Prohibits the sale of a sore horse at a public sale or auction. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to prescribe regulations requiring: (1) appointment of persons to inspect horses for any horse show exhibition sale or auction; and (2) recordkeeping by the management of any horse show exhibition sale or auction. Authorizes the Secretary to make certain inspections for enforcement of this Act. Prohibits: (1) the transportation of a sore horse for show or sale; (2) the showing or selling of such a horse by its owner; (3) the failure to disqualify such a horse from a show or sale; (4) the failure to retain inspection personnel; (5) the failure to keep required records; and (6) interference with specified enforcement measures taken by the Secretary. Imposes a fine of not more than $3000 or imprisonment for not more than one year or both for knowing violation of this Act. Increases the penalty to a fine of not more than $5000 or imprisonment for not more than two years or both for subsequent convictions. Imposes a fine of not more than $5000 or imprisonment for not more than three years or both for: (1) falsifying records; or (2) interference with official duties under this Act. Imposes a fine of $10000 or imprisonment for not more than ten years or both for use of a deadly weapon in such interference. Declares any person who violates such prohibitions liable for a civil penalty of not more than $2000 for each violation. Sets forth procedures with respect to enforcement and adjudication under this Act. Requires annual rather than biennial reports from the Secretary to the Congress with respect to this Act. Authorizes the appropriation of up to $500000 for fiscal years beginning after September 30 1976 to carry out this Act.

Act Notes

  • [Note 1] An Act (like Horse Protection Act Amendments) or a resolution cannot become a law in the United States until it has been approved (passed) in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as signed by the President (but see (5)). If the two bodys of the Congress versions of an Act are not identical, one of the bodies might decide to take a further vote to adopt the bill (see more about the Congress process here). An Act may be pass in identical form with or without amendments and with or without conference. (see more about Enrollment).
  • [Note 2] Proposals are referred to committees for preliminary consideration, then debated, amended, and passed (or rejected) by the full House or Senate. To prevent endless shuttling of bills between the House and Senate, bills like Horse Protection Act Amendments are referred to joint committees made up of members of both houses.
  • [Note 3] For more information regarding this legislative proposal, go to THOMAS, select “Bill Number,” search on (Horse Protection Act Amendments)
  • [Note 4] An Act to revise and extend the Horse Protection Act of 1970. The current official title of a bill is always present, assigned at introduction (for example, in this case, on 1975-02-24) and can be revised any time. This type of titles are sentences.
  • [Note 5] The Act is referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of any of the two Houses. Bills are placed on the calendar of the committee to which they have been assigned. See Assignment Process.
  • [Note 6] Regarding exceptions to President´s approval, a bill that is not signed (returned unsigned) by the President can still become law if at lest two thirds of each of the two bodys of the Congress votes to pass it, which is an infrequent case. See also Presidential Veto.
  • [Note 7] Legislative Proposal types can be: hr, hres, hjres, hconres, s, sres, sjres, sconres. A bill originating in the Senate is designated by the letter “S”, and a bill originating from the House of Representatives begins with “H.R.”, followed, in both cases, by its individual number which it retains throughout all its parliamentary process.
  • [Note 8] For information regarding related bill/s to Horse Protection Act Amendments, go to THOMAS.


No analysis (criticism, advocacy, etc.) about Horse Protection Act Amendments submitted yet.

Animals and birds
Protection of animals

Further Reading

  • “How our laws are made”, Edward F Willett; Jack Brooks, Washington, U.S. G.P.O.
  • “To make all laws : the Congress of the United States, 1789-1989”, James H Hutson- Washington, Library of Congress.
  • “Bills introduced and laws enacted: selected legislative statistics, 1947-1990”, Rozanne M Barry; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

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