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Support Horticulture Trucking Exemptions
UPDATE:Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are circulating a letter to the Senate’s Transportation Appropriations subcommittee and urging them to include the same language from the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act in legislation to fund the government in FY2021.  Please send an updated message to your Congressman

Rep. Scott (R- GA) has introduced HR 1673 - the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019.  Senator Perdue (R-GA) has filed the Senate companion S. 2025. 

The bills would clarify that horticulture and floriculture products are included under the definition of "agriculture commodities" for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  This is critical for compliance reasons with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations and the Hours of Service (HOS) rules.

Currently, the transportation law provides no clear definition of agriculture and leaves the green industry in uncertain territory.  This has an impact for growers and buyers as the horticulture products are guaranteed to be treated as agriculture until being loaded on a truck for transit, when the classification becomes less clear.  Agriculture exceptions for the HOS and ELD restrictions in place could help those in the green industry with costs and the regulatory burden. 

While the bills are still in the initial stages and already has bi-partisan backing, there are currently NO Texas cosponsors. 

Contact your Congressional officials and urge them to sign on as cosponsorThere should be no uncertainty under any law - horticulture & floriculture are agriculture!  Providing certainty for our commodities is common sense transportation regulation and aligns with how green industry products are considered in all other stages of production. 
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