Trucking Bill Garners More Support
The AmericanHort-supported Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, H.R.1673, introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), gained additional support this past week, with new Congressional cosponsors as well as supporting organizations.
Additional cosponsors over the past couple of weeks include Representatives Greg Gianforte (R-MT), TJ Cox (D-CA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Greg Pence (R-IN), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), and Ralph Norman (R-SC). The bill now has 18 cosponsors.
Perhaps the most noteworthy development for the legislation is the recent official support from the largest national trade association in the trucking industry, the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The magnitude of this endorsement is significant, as ATA carries quite a big stick on any legislation in the trucking space.
ATA’s letter of endorsement echoes what AmericanHort has been preaching for quite some time — that this “common sense legislation ensures that all commodities are defined as such, allowing uniformity across the board for compliance in all regulatory arenas, including transportation. This not only helps with regulatory compliance for those hauling the products but eliminates confusion for those enforcing the rules.”
Scott’s office is also in discussions with Senate offices about the introduction of a companion bill. If the introduction does occur, look for more grassroots action from AmericanHort and our state association partners. We will continue to provide updates on this bill in future editions of Impact Washington.