Senator David Perdue (R-GA) recently introduced U.S. Senate Bill S. 2025, titled The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019. This is a companion bill to the one introduced in the U.S. Congress and currently has bipartisan support from nine co-sponsors from Oregon, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. If passed, this bill would clarify the definition of agricultural commodities used by the U.S. Department of Transportation to include:
- agricultural, aquacultural, horticultural, and floricultural commodities; fruits, vegetables, any non-human living animal and the products of that animal
- other agricultural products that are sensitive to temperature or climate and/or at risk of perishing in transit
This bill is vital to getting legislation passed that includes Turfgrass Sod haulers in future agricultural commodity exemptions relative to Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). If you would like to help gather state support from local represenatives in your area, please reach out to Dr. Casey Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.