News About Earl I. Mack and Horse Sales Legislation
Horse Breeder Earle Mack Pushes For Disclosure Laws In Horse Auctions
Florida law aims to improve auction accuracy – Thoroughbred Times
by Pete Denk
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008
EXCERPT: The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. published amended results for its 2008 August yearling sale on November 21 as called for by a new Florida law aimed at improving auction result accuracy.
The law requires auction companies to disclose—in the same manner they disseminated initial results—any horses reported as sold that ultimately did not change ownership. The amended results must be filed within 90 days of the completion of the sale.
The law was pushed for by Florida owner-breeder Earle Mack and others. It took effect in July, so the August sale was the first to be affected.
Earle I. Mack Reaches Agreement With FDACS – Bloodhorse Magazine
From: Agreement Worked Out on Florida Sales
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: April 22, 2008
EXCERPT: “…Horse owner/breeder Earle I. Mack, who pushed the successful passage of 2007 legislation that mandated the FDACS promulgate rules governing horse sales, called the agreement a ‘giant step forward.’ ”
” ‘We must be diligent in our continued efforts to protect the integrity of the horse marketplace and thereby encourage wider public participation in our great industry,’ said Mack in the release…”
Earle Mack Backs Horse Legislation In Florida – Thoroughbred Times
From: Florida proposal would ban dual agency at sales
By Pete Denk
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2008
EXCERPT: “…The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking to ban dual agency in the horse business and will require a written receipt for all horse sales, under the terms of a proposed law made public on Friday.
House Bill 1427, which was passed in June 2007, ordered the state agency to adopt rules to prevent “unfair and deceptive practices at horse sales.”
The movement originated with Florida owner and breeder Earle Mack, but the final proposal fell far short of what Mack and some others had pushed for, including disclosure of ownership and medical information of horses at auction.
The proposal must goes through a public comment period and could still change. Mack released a press release on Friday, calling it a good first step.
Earle Mack Backs Horse Legislation In Florida – Bloodhorse Magazine
From: Mack Backs TOC Call for Reform
by Ryan Conley
Date Posted: January 23, 2008
EXCERPT: “…Earle I. Mack, who led the push for pending auction reform legislation in Florida, has come out in support of a strong policy statement recently released by the Thoroughbred Owners of California regarding horse sales.
Mack, who successfully lobbied for legislation that orders the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to develop rules regulating horse sales in the state, said the TOC letter “is an example of growing buyer dissatisfaction with non-disclosure and lack of transparency at horse sales.”
“Full disclosure and transparency in sales is something every industry is moving to adopt and we in the Thoroughbred industry need to be proactive in bringing it about as soon as possible,” Mack said in a Jan. 23 news release. “Soon the new rules and regulations in Florida will go into effect and it has always been my hope the new law will be a template for other states.”
Mack’s statements come just days before proposed rules drafted by the FDACS will be published for comment in the Florida Administrative Weekly, a government publication which is the filing point for rules promulgated by state regulatory agencies. Challenges to the rules can be submitted within a 21-day period following the Jan. 25 publication, after which hearings will be scheduled…”