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Bill would address livestock hauler concerns

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is applauding the introduction of legislation that would provide livestock haulers more flexibility from hours-of-service (HOS) rules.

The HAULS Act, introduced by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, would add a 150 air-mile exemption to HOS regulations to the backend of hauls for those transporting livestock or ag commodities. It also eliminates the seasonal harvest requirements for the agriculture hours-of-service exemption, making the exemption available year-round in all states.

NCBA says the bill would provide “critical relief” to livestock haulers and producers who have been “unduly burdened with hours-of-service regulations that do not take into account the unique difficulties that these drivers face every day.”

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