Agricultural Trucking Relief Act Introduced in Senate
Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Senate companion bill to the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (S. 2025) at the end of June. The legislation specifically adds horticulture and floriculture to the definition of “agricultural commodity” as it pertains to transportation policy.
Confusion has persisted as to what is considered an “agricultural commodity” since the implementation of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate at the beginning of 2018. The bill, which is identical to the House version introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) in March, would fix that confusion by defining explicitly what is considered an agricultural commodity.
Other senators joining as original cosponsors include Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and James Inhofe (R-OK).
AmericanHort has issued a formal press statement and will be mobilizing grassroots support for the bill during July aimed at increasing Senate cosponsors.