The Minnesota House passed legislation that would broaden exemptions to rules regulating agricultural transportation. The bill allows for a year-round hours of service exemption for intrastate transportation of agricultural commodities and farm supplies within a 150-mile radius. Representative Tim Miller says the bill recognizes that today’s farm economy requires farmers to get their products to market on-time. “It recognizes modern day agriculture. It also simplifies the process, instead of limiting it to nines months of the year.” There is a companion bill on the Senate side awaiting floor time. Miller adds the legislation has broad support, hearing little to no objection. “I”m not positive it will go through as a stand alone. It may get put in to the transportation omnibus in the end.”
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