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H.R. 921 (117th): Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2021

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 8, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 921


February 8, 2021

(for himself, Ms. Titus, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Khanna, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. Deutch, Ms. DelBene, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Cárdenas, Mrs. Napolitano, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Katko, Mr. Takano, Mr. Casten, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Speier, Mr. Welch, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Stanton, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Kaptur, Ms. Kuster, Ms. Barragán, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Meng, Mr. Lieu, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Beyer, Ms. Pingree, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Smith of Washington, Ms. Brownley, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Hastings, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, Mr. Peters, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Carbajal, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Sewell, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Payne, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Mr. Sires, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Rush, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Blumenauer, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Malinowski, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Correa, Mr. Pocan, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Jones, Mr. Schiff, Mr. DeSaulnier, Mr. Lawson of Florida, Mr. Horsford, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Jayapal, Mr. Keating, Mr. Crow, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Chu, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Swalwell, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Pappas, Ms. Norton, Ms. Bonamici, Mr. Brown, Mr. Neguse, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mrs. McBath, Mr. Neal, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Huffman, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Foster, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Carson, Mr. Grijalva, and Mr. Gottheimer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate transportation in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of one another, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2021.


Transportation of horses

Section 80502 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (c), by striking This section does not and inserting Subsections (a) and (b) shall not;


by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e);


by inserting after subsection (c) the following:


Transportation of horses



No person may transport, or cause to be transported, a horse from a place in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States through or to a place in another State, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States in a motor vehicle containing 2 or more levels stacked on top of each other.


Motor vehicle defined

In this subsection, the term motor vehicle


means a vehicle driven or drawn by mechanical power and manufactured primarily for use on public highways; and


does not include a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails.

; and


in subsection (e), as redesignated—


by striking A rail carrier and inserting the following:


In general

A rail carrier



by striking this section and inserting subsection (a) or (b); and


by striking On learning and inserting the following:


Transportation of horses in multilevel trailer


Civil penalty

A person that knowingly violates subsection (d) is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of at least $100, but not more than $500, for each violation. A separate violation of subsection (d) occurs for each horse that is transported, or caused to be transported, in violation of subsection (d).


Relationship to other laws

The penalty imposed under subparagraph (A) shall be in addition to any penalty or remedy available under any other law or common law.


Civil action

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