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Livestock hauling bill in Senate

 

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to reform federal hours of service rules for commercial livestock haulers.

Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Tina Smith of Minnesota, and Pat Roberts of Kansas, along with a bipartisan group of Senators, have introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act which ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers.

Lia Biondo  with the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association tells Brownfield the bill would provide a long-term solution for livestock haulers that faced an electronic logging devices (ELDs) mandate.  “Livestock haulers cannot just simply pull over on the side of the road when their hours have run out, they have to get those cattle to their destination as quickly and as safely as possible.”  She expects the House to take up similar legislation soon.

A waiver is currently in place for exempting livestock haulers from using ELDs until September 30th.  Regulations would limit truckers to 11 hours of driving daily.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association also supports the measure.

AUDIO: Interview with Lia Biondo

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