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Congress Delivers H-2B Visa Cap Relief, ELD Flexibility in Omnibus Bill

The following is from the American Horse Council: March 23, 2018 Congress Delivers H-2B Visa “Cap Relief,” ELD Flexibility in Omnibus Bill Shortly after 12:30 am, on Friday, March 23, Congress approved a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to fund federal government operations through September 30.  The 2,232 page bill includes several regulatory measures that will provide flexibility for the horse industry, most notably H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal, guest workers and a temporary enforcement exemption for the transportation of livestock from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations.  The legislation also includes policy “riders” to defund Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs that will impact the equine sector and ...
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CORRECTION: The National Horse Show Announces Exciting New Additions to 2018 Board of Directors

The following is from the The National Horse Show: The National Horse Show Announces Exciting New Additions to 2018 Board of Directors Lexington - KY - March 14, 2018 - The National Horse Show is thrilled to announce the executive board for the 2018 National Horse Show. The larger Board of Directors will also welcome three fresh faces to their ranks, Lindsay Maxwell, Bryan Baldwin, and Clementina Rittenhouse Brown. The Board is hopeful to use it’s collected expertise to make this year’s event the best yet.  The 2018 National Horse Show Board of Directors includes:  Executive Board Chairman Mason Phelps  Vice Chairman Susan Humes  President Jennifer Burger  First Vice-President William H. Weeks  Second Vice-President John Walker, III  Treasurer Samuel A ...
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FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver

The following is from the American Horse Council: March 13, 2018 FMCSA Announces New ELD Waiver The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced additional steps to address the unique needs of the country’s agriculture industries and provided further guidance to assist in the effective implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule without impeding commerce or safety. FMCSA is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation. Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours-of-service exemption and personal conveyance. It is important to note that this 90 days is an extension of the previous 90 days given ...
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ACTION ALERT- H2-B Visa Cap Relief Needed Now

The following is from the American Horse Council: ACTION ALERT- H2-B Visa Cap Relief Needed Now! As the March 23 deadline to finalize a FY2018 spending bill approaches, the horse industry and its allies continue to urge lawmakers to include H-2B guest worker visa “cap relief” in the final spending bill.   Please contact your federal elected officials today and tell them to support any provision that will provide H-2B visa cap relief within the context of FY2018 appropriations bills.  Congress can help provide the tools you need to grow your business in 2018 by enacting visa cap relief today! Take Action ...
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AHC Tax Bulletin-March 2018

The following is from the American Horse Council: AHC's Tax Bulletin is Sponsored by The American Horse Council keeps you up to date with important tax court cases and regulations with its bi-monthly Tax Bulletin. The Tax Bulletin is a member benefit, and thus is not intended for reproduction. For more information on federal legislation, equine health and regulatory issues, taxes, animal welfare, racing, recreation, and showing please visit our website at www.horsecouncil.org Horse Industry Trots Into New Tax Landscape Two major policy developments have dramatically changed the tax landscape for horse owners and millions of other Americans as they make nancial plans for their businesses and families in 2018 and beyond: enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...
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FMCSA Responds to AHC Request

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 26, 2018 FMCSA Responds to AHC Request The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) followed their recent meeting with AHC staff, a meeting in response to the AHC request for clarification , by releasing two documents on the existing Commercial Driver License (CDL) regulations and how those regulations impact the horse industry. The AHC is appreciative of the horse specific efforts that FMCSA have taken to quell the concerns of our recreational enthusiasts. The guidance titled “Agricultural Exceptions and Exemptions to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service (HOS) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Rules” and “Non-Business Related Transportation of Horses ” explain how published FMCSA guidance provides an ...
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