Oppose Michigan HB 5239 which will form the Michigan Equine Commission

Oppose Michigan HB 5239 which will form the Michigan Equine Commission

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Oppose Michigan HB 5239 started this petition to Michigan Horse Owners

Michigan HB 5239, if passed, will affect every horse owner in Michigan who purchases an equine Coggins test and or packaged horse feed.  The purpose of this commission is to "develop an equine promotion program".

This commission, if formed, would impose the following assessments:
o $5 for each ton of horse feed sold in Michigan by a licensed feed manufacturer.
o $3 for each Coggins test administered in Michigan. 

The burden of collecting and submitting these fees will be put upon the veterinarians and feed stores. This bill is publicly opposed by both the Michigan Feed Manufacturer’s Association and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, (the bill’s check-off funding sources).

According to the proponents of the bill, this bill if passed will cost an extra $5 per horse, per year in fees.  What is not taken into account in that estimate is the additional fees that will be passed onto the equine owner as both vets and feed stores will incur additional costs collecting and tracking these fees.

There have already been many social media posts from horse owners who oppose this legislation and do not want to be forced to pay these additional fees. Those in opposition do not believe the money raised will benefit them in any way as horse owners.

Written within the bill it states "To terminate the commission, a petition would have to be signed by 2,500 of the equine owners directly affected by the commission, as determined by the commission."

Those in favor of this bill are currently working towards convincing legislators of "strong support within the horse community." They have stated there is "opposition from a small but well organized group" of horse owners.

The purpose of this petition is to gather at least 2500 signatures now, while this bill is in it's early stages.  The hope of the petition is to show our legislators that there are many horse owners, from many groups that oppose this bill and that it makes no sense for it to move forward.

If you are a horse owner in Michigan that either purchases Coggins tests or packaged horse feed and you oppose this bill and would like to show our legislators there is strong opposition to this bill, please sign this petition.

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