AmericanHort Op-Ed Details Merits of Trucking Bill
AmericanHort successfully placed an op-ed in the Washington, D.C.- based publication, RealClearPolicy, on March 22 detailing the current situation faced by the horticulture industry concerning the vague agricultural exemption associated with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
Entitled “Congress Must Clarify Trucking Regulations for Agricultural Products”, we lay out the problems with the current definition, why horticulture should be explicitly included, and how a recently introduced bill by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) would address the issue.
The bipartisan bill — The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019, H.R.1673, — currently has five cosponsors, with Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA), a member of the House Transportation Committee, and the Highway Subcommittee, joining in support last week.
AmericanHort also launched grassroots activity last week on this issue, aiming to increase cosponsorship of the legislation. If you have not done so and would like to send an email to your Representative in the House, you can do so here.