Amended 'horse tripping' bill goes to House floor
By MITCH LIES
SALEM -- The House Rules Committee has passed an amended version of a bill banning "horse tripping" in Oregon rodeos.
The amended version of Senate Bill 835 bans "intentionally" roping and tripping a horse. An earlier version of the bill banned all horse tripping, whether intentional or unintentional.
The amended bill has the endorsement of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.
"We would much rather have not had any bill," lobbyist Jim Welsh said. "But we got everybody to agree on this, and this keeps our small community rodeos alive, and they can have their event."
Scott Beckstead, head of the Oregon chapter of the Humane Society of the U.S., also said he is satisfied with the bill.
In addition to the tripping ban, SB835 clarifies the "right to rodeo" in Oregon.
The bill now heads to the House floor.
If it clears the House, SB835 will go back to the Senate for concurrence of the amendment.
It previously passed the Senate by a vote of 22-6.