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House Committee moves on H2-B Visa Cap. Click here for details.

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Ask Congress to fix the broken immigration system that affects horse businesses. Via the American Horse Council:
"As Congress moves closer to the August recess, House lawmakers have followed-up on a commitment to the horse industry to introduce legislation that focuses on labor shortages at race tracks, breeding farms, and horse shows, among other operations. On July 18, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) joined 44 co-sponsors to introduce the AG and Legal Workforce Act of 2018 (H.R. 6417), legislation which remedies chronic labor shortages in American agriculture by creating a modern and flexible guest worker visa program

Importantly for the horse industry, H.R. 6417 specifically states that workers involved in the management and training of horses will be eligible for the new visa program. The bill would also replace the outdated and broken H-2A program with a reliable, efficient, and fair H-2C visa program, ensuring that agriculture has access to a legal, stable supply of workers for seasonal as well as year-round work." To find your House lawmaker's contact information and urge support for H.R. 6417, please click here:

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Here's some info from the American Horse Council about animal health priorities in the just passed Senate Farm Bill.

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Attention MHC Membership:
 
The Board of Directors is being asked to review and update the MHC's position on Sunday hunting of deer and waterfowl.  Keep your eye out for a member survey regarding these issues in the next few weeks.  The horse council needs your input to craft a position statement that is representative of its membership.  Please participate! 
 
To provide additional input, plan to participate in the next Quarterly meeting on August 14, 2018.  You can join the meeting in person or via live stream.  Live stream details will be availalbe on the Meeting Event Page a few days prior to the meeting. 
 
If the Board makes a motion in August to write a formal position statement, a formal vote to approve the statement will occur at the November meeeting.  
 
Other Legislative Developments:
 
Longtime MHC friend and Chair of the powerful Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs (EHAE) Committee, Senator Joan Carter Conway, lost the primary election battle with her challenger, Del. Mary Washington, both representing Baltimore City. The final results were determined after outstanding absentee and provisional ballots were counted. Senate President Mike Miller will appoint a new chair. The EHAE Committee considers many bills that affect the equine/equestrian community.
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