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Federal - S 1406

Horse Soring ("Prevent All Soring Tactics Act" in the U.S. Senate)


July 31, 2013


To eliminate the abusive act of soring horses by improving the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement capabilities and strengthening penalties against violators, among other provisions.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 59

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  • Nov. 19, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    McCaskill, (D-Mo.)
  • Sept. 18, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Brown, S. (D-Ohio)
  • Sept. 15, 2014 — Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. S Rept 113-254Congressional Record p. S5588

  • July 31, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Nelson, Bill (D-Fla.)
  • June 26, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Donnelly, (D-Ind.)
  • June 11, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Pryor, M. (D-Ark.)
  • June 4, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Toomey, (R-Pa.)
  • May 20, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hagan, (D-N.C.)
  • May 15, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Udall, (D-N.M.)
  • May 6, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Schumer, (D-N.Y.)
  • April 30, 2014Whitfield, R-Ky., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. E631-E633

  • April 9, 2014 — Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee vote: En Bloc Bills and Amendments-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate by voice vote.

  • April 9, 2014 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

    April 9, 2014 — Committee Vote: En Bloc Bills and Amendments — Vote to Report

    Endorse, en bloc, the following bills:

    S 429 , a bill that would call on the Commerce secretary to issue an order that would establish a Concrete Masonry Products Board that would implement a program for promotion, research and information on concrete masonry products. The order also would establish a fee for concrete masonry manufacturers at an initial rate of $0.01 per unit sold, with a limit at $0.05 per unit. The order also would state that at least half of these fees be used for promotion, education and research in support of the manufacturer’s geographic region.

    In the same vote, the panel adopted a substitute amendment by Bill Nelson, D-Fla., that would modify a provision that would call for the order to require concrete masonry manufacturers to keep records to ensure compliance with the order and regulations, and to make these records available for inspection. Specifically, the amendment would remove application of this requirement to concrete masonry product importers.

    S 1014 , a bill that would outlaw the sale of sporting equipment that includes false or misleading claims about the equipment’s safety benefits. Violations would be treated as unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

    The legislation would authorize the FTC to develop regulations to enforce the bill. It would grant states the authority to bring civil actions against manufactures in federal court in order to obtain injunctive relief on behalf of state residents, unless a civil or administrative action has already been instituted by the FTC. The FTC would be allowed to intervene and appeal in state actions.

    A substitute amendment by Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., adopted in the same vote would remove a provision from the original bill that would authorize the Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop product safety regulations if the equipment manufacturing industry does not adapt voluntary standards.

    S 1406 , a bill that would increase penalties for soring horses, which is the practice of using caustic agents, chains and other methods to create an exaggerated gait. A substitute amendment by Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., adopted in the same vote would include provisions to state that if a portion of the bill is determined to be unconstitutional, the rest of the bill would not be affected.

    S 1275 , a bill that would direct the Commerce Department to issue a loan to refinance existing debt obligation funding the fishing capacity reduction program for the West Coast groundfish fishery. A substitute amendment by Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., adopted in the same vote would add provisions setting a deadline of 75 days after the bill’s enactment for a referenda.

    S 1793, a bill that would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish a grant program to provide assistance to states and local governments that require compliant carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in residences.

    The bill would authorize $2 million annually from fiscal 2015 through 2019, as amended by an Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., modified substitute amendment adopted in the same vote.

    The legislation would define a "compliant carbon monoxide alarm" as an alarm that complies with both the American National Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms and the American National Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors.

    The bill would permit states to use grant money to purchase and install carbon monoxide alarm in the residences of low-income families and elderly people, childcare facilities, public schools, senior centers, and student residences owned by public universities. Grant money could also be used to educate the public about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and train fire code enforcement officials on carbon monoxide alarm compliance and installation.

    The CPSC would be required to report to Congress annually on its implementation of the grant program.

    S 1925 , a bill that would limit government access to the vehicle crash data in data recorders installed in cars.

    The bill would declare that all data recorded by such devices cannot be accessed without the permission of the vehicle owner or lessee, unless access is authorized by the proper judicial and administrative authorities for the retrieval of admissible evidence, safety investigations or inspections, emergency response purposes or traffic safety research.

    It also would task the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a study on the amount of time that event data recorders in passenger vehicles should capture and store data for purposes of crash investigations. The bill would direct NHTSA to issue regulations to establish this period.

    As amended by a Klobuchar modified substitute amendment adopted in the same vote, the regulations would need to be issued within two years.

    S 2086 , a bill that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to recognize periods in which a governor has extended a state of emergency brought upon by propone, natural gas, or heating oil shortage as times when certain federal regulations to not apply to commercial trucks that provide residential heating fuel in that area.

    As amended by a substitute amendment by John Thune, R-S.D., the bill would direct the Transportation secretary to submit a report to Congress on safety effects from these extensions issued by governors.

    S 2140 , a bill that would allow the Transportation secretary to issue experimental permits for reusable suborbital rockets even when other licenses may have been issued.

    It also would let the Transportation secretary issue unlimited experimental permits for these reusable suboribtal rockets.

    A modified substitute amendment by Marco Rubio, R-Fla., adopted in the same vote, would modify the parameters of the permits.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate by voice vote.
  • March 13, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Booker, (D-N.J.)Kaine, (D-Va.)Walsh, (D-Mont.)
  • Feb. 26, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Bennet, M. (D-Colo.)
  • Feb. 25, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Isakson, (R-Ga.)Johanns, (R-Neb.)
  • Feb. 24, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Mikulski, (D-Md.)
  • Feb. 4, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Rubio, (R-Fla.)
  • Jan. 28, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Udall, Mark (D-Colo.)
  • Jan. 27, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Casey, (D-Pa.)
  • Jan. 14, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Harkin, (D-Iowa)
  • Jan. 13, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Boxer, (D-Calif.)
  • Jan. 9, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    King, A. (I-Maine)
  • Dec. 20, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Hirono, (D-Hawaii)Shaheen, (D-N.H.)
    Johnson, Tim (D-S.D.)Whitehouse, (D-R.I.)
  • Dec. 16, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Begich, (D-Alaska)Stabenow, (D-Mich.)Thune, (R-S.D.)
  • Dec. 11, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Feinstein, (D-Calif.)Leahy, (D-Vt.)Reed, J. (D-R.I.)
  • Dec. 9, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Crapo, (R-Idaho)
  • Oct. 28, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 22

    Baldwin, (D-Wis.)Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.)Murray, (D-Wash.)
    Blumenthal, (D-Conn.)Kirk, (R-Ill.)Sanders, (I-Vt.)
    Cantwell, (D-Wash.)Klobuchar, (D-Minn.)Schatz, (D-Hawaii)
    Cardin, (D-Md.)Levin, C. (D-Mich.)Vitter, (R-La.)
    Carper, (D-Del.)Markey, (D-Mass.)Warren, (D-Mass.)
    Coons, (D-Del.)Menendez, (D-N.J.)Wyden, (D-Ore.)
    Durbin, (D-Ill.)Merkley, (D-Ore.)
    Franken, (D-Minn.)Murphy, C. (D-Conn.)
  • Sept. 24, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Heinrich, (D-N.M.)
  • Sept. 23, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Collins, S. (R-Maine)
  • Sept. 9, 2013 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Landrieu, (D-La.)
  • July 31, 2013 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Warner, M. (D-Va.)
  • July 31, 2013 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation.Congressional Record p. S6126

  • April 11, 2013 — Related measure, HR 1518, introduced by Whitfield, R-Ky.