Recently, the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act (S.1406/H.R.1518) surpassed 300 co-sponsors in the House and has 57 co-sponsors in the Senate. It is supported by almost all major national horse show organizations and many state and local horse organizations. It has also been approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and is one of the most widely supported and bi-partisan bills in Congress.
Each year, the American Horse Council presents the Van Ness Award, sponsored by the New Jersey Horse Council, to a person who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. It is awarded in memory of Mrs. Marjorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Council and the AHC’s Coalition of State Horse Councils. This year’s award was presented to Paul Briney of Chatham, IL for his great service to the horse community in Illinois.
On July 10, 2014, Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Wild Horse Oversight Act (H.R. 5058). The bill would amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to allow states and Indian tribes to assume the management and protection of wild horses and burros.
On July 10, 2014, the House passed a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (H.R.4718). The bill was introduced by Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH).