KEEP Launches Advocacy Effort for HB 112, Equine Sales Tax Equity Bill
The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has launched a call to mobilize grassroots support for their top legislative priority for 2016, HB 112, which will provide the same exemption from state sales tax on feed, supplies and equipment that other agriculture animals receive. KEEP is urging all Kentucky residents to contact their legislators with a message of support for HB 112 through their online advocacy center at www.horseswork.com/advocacy. Introduced by Rep. Mike Denham, HB 112 is supported by a growing bipartisan group of legislators from across the Commonwealth.
“The horse industr yis critically important to Kentucky's economy and especially to the agriculture sector,” said Rep. Denham. It's time we treat this signature industry fairly and render the benefits that other livestock industries receive.” HB 112 is identical to legislation introduced last year by then Rep. Ryan Quarles, who was elected Commissioner of Agriculture in November.
During a recent address to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Mangers Club, Commissioner Quarles urged those in attendance to contact their legislators and express support for HB 112. The newly launched KEEP Advocacy web site will identify your specific state legislators, making contacting them quick and easy. Also available on the site is a link to the Legislative Research Commission bill information page for HB 112, which includes an updated list of cosponsors.
In July, the KEEP Board unanimously approved a resolution calling for Equine Tax Equity for Kentucky’s horse industry. The Board also approved the formation of the Equine Sales Tax Equity Task Force appointing Frank Penn as Chairman. The Task Force includes a broad based statewide coalition of horse industry leaders and representatives from outside the industry that recognize the importance of equine agriculture to Kentucky’s overall economy.
A complete list of Task Force members can also be found at www.horseswork.com/advocacy. “It’s a matter of fairness,” said Task Force Chair Frank Penn, owner of Pennbrook Farm. “Caring for horses is not any different from raising other livestock animals,” he added. “Equine sales tax equity will boost Kentucky’s economy, through increased equine activity as well as the accompanying indirect impact.
We have built a strong coalition of those inside and outside the equine industry to lead the charge in working with policymakers in Frankfort. Now we need all supporters statewide to lend their voice to this effort.”
“The priority placed on this issue demonstrates KEEP’s commitment to all aspects of the equine economy, regardless of breed or discipline,” said Corey Johnsen, KEEP Chairman and President of Kentucky Downs. “Over the next few months, we’ll work to ensure that Governor Bevin and legislators understand the critical role horses play in Kentucky’s economy.”
The Kentucky Equine Education Project is a not-for-profit grassroots organization created in 2004 to preserve, promote and protect Kentucky's signature horse industry. Support for KEEP’s activity comes directly from the horse industry and horse industry supporters that we represent. To learn more about how you can become a member or make a contribution, please visit www.horseswork.com.