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H.R. 1368 Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act: To require the Secretary of Agriculture to make publicly available certain regulatory records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the use of an alternative depreciation system for taxpayers violating rules under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, and for other purposes.

Earl Blumenauer, Susan A. Davis, Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Michelle Lujan Grisham, Raul M. Grijalva, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Gerald E. Connolly, William R. Keating, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Carol Shea-Porter, Tony Cardenas, Scott H. Peters, David N. Cicilline, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Brendan F. Boyle, Peter Welch, Gregory W. Meeks, Mark Pocan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Theodore E. Deutch, Chellie Pingree, Kurt Schrader, Dina Titus, Charlie Crist, Adam Smith, Jared Huffman, Steve Cohen, James R. Langevin, Mike Quigley, Janice D. Schakowsky, Tom O'Halleran, Ted Lieu, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jamie Raskin, United States Government Publishing Office, United States, Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Committee on Ways and Means
Animal welfare--Laws and legislation
This bill requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to maintain and publicly disclose records relating to the administration of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, including specified details regarding inspections, enforcement actions, regulations, registrations, and licenses under the two laws. Within 90 days of the enactment of this bill, USDA must make the records available to the public in an online searchable database in a machine-readable format on its website. The bill also amends the Internal Revenue Code to require a taxpayer who has been convicted or assessed civil penalties for violating certain provisions of the Animal Welfare Act or the Horse Protection Act to use the alternative depreciation system that increases the number of years over which property is depreciated. The taxpayer must use the system for any property placed in service during the five-year period beginning with the year in which the period for seeking judicial review of a civil penalty has lapsed or in which there has been a final judgment entered with respect to the violation, whichever is earlier.
6 p.
U.S. Government Publishing Office
Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection
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