The Missouri House of Representatives voted on April 3 in favor of increasing the hauling limits for livestock and agricultural products across the entire state to 85,500 pounds. The legislation (H.B. 1235), introduced by Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-54, is a priority for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
“We commend members of the House for voting in favor of making the hauling limits for livestock consistent within our own state, as well as with bordering states,” said MCA President Jim McCann.
H.B. 1235 applies the 85,500 pounds weight limitation to any vehicle hauling livestock or agricultural products on Missouri highways. Any business operating a vehicle hauling livestock or agricultural products weighing more than 80,000 pounds must apply to the Department of Transportation yearly for a permit, which will cost $25. Upon renewal of the permit, the applicant must submit to the department a list of roads traveled and the number of miles traveled on each road during the year.
Rep. Delus Johnson, R-9, from northwest Missouri spoke in favor of the legislation during debate on April 2. In Rep. Johnson’s district the hauling limits are already 85,500 pounds. Rep. Johnson said the higher limits took more than 1,300 truck and trailers off the road. Other representatives also spoke in favor of the bill.
The legislation now moves to the state Senate for consideration. McCann said he encourages state senators to pass the legislation without delay.
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