November 24 , 2010
Volume VIII, No. 7
AVMA-CAN Legislative Action Alert: Support Small Businesses
Please tell your U.S. Senators to support small businesses by fully repealing the 1099 reporting requirements. Take Action Now!
On November 29, the Senate is expected to debate the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and two of the amendments offered for the bill are full repeals of the new 1099 reporting requirements, which were passed in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA-Healthcare Reform bill). Unless this PPACA section is repealed, businesses will be subjected to data collection and information filing on virtually all business-to-business transactions they make aggregating $600 or more in a year.
The upcoming amendments are:
The costly 1099 tax paperwork mandate embedded in the health care law will add undue burden to small businesses such as veterinary clinics. Tax paperwork and compliance are already major expenses for small businesses and the new reporting requirements will only increase these costs.
We urge you to contact your Senators prior to the vote on Monday.
Ask them to support the Johanns Amendment (S.Amdt 4702) which is a full repeal of the 1099 mandate with an offset from unused stimulus funds or the Baucus Amendment (S.Amdt 4713) which is a full repeal with no offset.
Repeal of the new 1099 requirement will relieve small businesses of the cost and confusion created by this new burden.
ISVMA Convention A Success!
Thank you to all of the participants at the 128th ISVMA Annual Convention held November 5-7, 2010 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel. Approximately 1000 participants enjoyed one of the best ISVMA Conventions ever! The evaluations indicate that ISVMA did an outstanding job of offering a national quality, low cost, accessible convention for its members (and a few prospective members).
The ISVMA Annual Convention is the largest source of non-dues income for the association and provides critical support to the organization's ability to achieve its mission on behalf of the veterinary profession. The ISVMA Education Planning Committee will soon be putting together next year's program. If there is a specific speaker or topic that you would like to have included in the lectures or wet labs, please let Dr. Kristi McCullough, ISVMA Director of Education and Membership Services know. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 in West Virginia are Potentially Exposed to Rabid Cat
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.Va.) - 11/23/2010)
A cat in Princeton, W.Va., recently tested positive for rabies, and the Mercer County Health Department is urging area residents who might have had contact with the rabid animal to report to the agency. As of Monday, seven people who reported potential exposure to the rabid cat are receiving vaccine treatment.
Story Courtesy of AVMA
About the Photo
Surfbird is one of the characteristic winter shorebirds of the Pacific Coast of North America, though its winter range extends along the entire Pacific Coast of South America. This species is poorly known from its remote mountain breeding grounds of Alaska and the Yukon Territory; its nest and eggs were only discovered in 1926. The threat of oil spills along this species' wintering grounds, together with increased human development along the Pacific Coast, makes Surfbird a species of high conservation concern.
Surfbird is a stocky, medium-sized shorebird with a short, stout bill and yellow legs. In breeding plumage, the species has heavy grayish-black streaks on the head and breast, with dark spots continuing the length of the bird along the flanks. The darkish upperparts of breeding birds are marked with a broad swath of prominent rufous feathers. In winter plumage, Surfbird is predominantly pale gray, with white visible on its lower belly. Surfbird's short, blunt bill, with yellow at the base, distinguishes this species from Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, and the other "rock-pipers" with which it can be seen along the Pacific Coast during winter.
This species has arguably the longest wintering range of any bird in the world. Outside of the breeding season, the species can be found along almost the entire Pacific Coast of the Americas, from southeastern Alaska all the way to Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile. In breeding season, Surfbird is found in mountain ranges scattered throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Two Canadian Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in British Columbia provide important habitat for migrating and wintering Surfbirds: Barkley Sound IBA, where as many as 4,500 birds (more than 6% of the world population) have been seen at one time on migration; and White Islets and Wilson Creek IBA, which supports large concentrations of Surfbirds (up to 1,000 individuals) during winter and spring.
I photographed this Surfbird in Monterey, CA in November 2007.
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