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Ag Trucking Relief Act Introduced

Wednesday, March 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) recently released The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 1673) — a bill that AmericanHort has been supporting since it was first introduced last session.

The bill addresses the conundrum around the ag exemption associated with the ELD mandate, by specifically including horticulture and floriculture in the definition for an “agricultural commodity” as it pertains to transportation policy.

Regulatory agencies in Washington often do not consider horticulture or floriculture to be agricultural commodities and thus not subject to the regulatory exemptions that agriculture enjoys.

The bill already has bipartisan support – with Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Al Lawson (D-FL), Sanford Bishop (D-GA) supporting it. Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) are also in support. Organizations in support are American Farm Bureau Federation, AmericanHort, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and the Catfish Farmers of America. We will hopefully have a Senate companion bill soon as well.

Some additional information:

1) A press release from Austin Scott’s office can be read here - https://austinscott.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-austin-scott-introduces-bipartisan-bill-provide-relief-agricultural

2) AmericanHort also placed an op-ed on the bill last Friday on RealClearPolicy. Here is the link - https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2019/03/22/congress_must_clarify_trucking_regulations_for_agricultural_products_111135.html

3) Please contact any U.S. House offices you might have good connections with and ask them to cosponsor or contact Scott’s office for more information. The point of contact in Austin Scott’s office is Craig Anderson, Agriculture Legislative Assistant — craig.anderson@mail.house.gov. Click here for AmericanHort’s letter of support for reference. 


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