Bill introduced to cut red tape for farmers, ranchers
Congresswoman Betsy Markey was joined recently by Congressman Adrian Smith, R-NE, in introducing the House companion bill to S. 639, which will help America's farmers and ranchers transport their commodities more easily across state lines.
"As a member of both the Agriculture and the Transportation Committees, I know how critical it is that both sectors are able to work together to facilitate the movement of commodities," said Rep. Markey. "Representing a largely agricultural district, I've seen the struggles farmers go through to transport their crops, especially in this time of unpredictable gas prices.¬ We need to do everything we can to remove unnecessary transportation rules and regulations to help America's farmers and ranchers flourish."
Under current law, when a farmer transports more than 10,001 pounds across state lines, they become an 'interstate carrier,' and subject to the rules and regulations of commercial motor vehicles. Those requirements include holding a commercial driver's license, U.S. Department of Transportation certification on the vehicle, having a medical examination certificate, and recording hours of service.
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