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Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

Please use the below documents to contact your congressional delegation. 

 

TO:                        NCBA Officers, Executive Committee, and State & Breed Affiliates

FROM:                  Allison Rivera - DC Office

DATE:                   Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Re: Hours of Service Bill dropped by Senator Sasse of Nebraska today (Bill # is TBD)

Good Afternoon! 

There has been a lot going on in Washington as of late, and now we add a positive action to that list.  Today Senator Sasse, along with 10 other original cosponsoring senators (4 of those being democrats) have dropped the Hours of Service bill known as the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act.  Attached is the bill language from the Senate as well as the House, and also the Senate talking points.  Feel free to use these documents.

I know a lot of you have already been working with your delegation members to get their support since we lobbied this bill at Legislative Conference, so thank you for all the leg work.  Now, we need to keep the pressure up.  The House, with Congressman Ted Yoho- FL, will drop the same bill the first week of June (attached as Yoho).  Between now and then we need your help to push house offices to join as original cosponsors on the House side, and cosponsors on the Senate side.  The original Senate cosponsors are listed below in the Sasse press release.  Please feel free to thank the Senators that have already showed their support for this needed legislation(they are listed below in the Sasse press release). 

As we move through this process if you need any help or other supporting documents, or you get any technical questions from offices, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Please feel free to also use the communication/key messages and other items attached here as well.

Thank you again for all your patience as we were finding the right time to move forward with this legislation.

Thank you, Allison

 

Sasse Introduces Livestock Haulers Legislation

“This bipartisan bill is good for our ranchers, good for our haulers, and good for our livestock.”

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act. Currently, overly strict trucking regulations from the Department of Transportation require mandatory rest time that put livestock at risk especially during summer or winter months. Senator Sasse’s bipartisan legislation would give American agriculture the flexibility to safely transport livestock.

“Nebraska’s economy runs on agriculture. Our ranchers and haulers are professionals who make the well-being of livestock their top priority and that includes safe transportation. The Department of Transportation’s current regulations endanger livestock during hot summers and cold winters — which Nebraskans know well — causing significant stress on the animals and concern for the drivers. This bipartisan bill is good for our ranchers, good for our haulers, and good for our livestock.”

Sasse was joined by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

 

Allison Rivera

arivera@beef.org
Executive Director

Government Affairs
National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Center for Public Policy


Documentation for Law Enforcement regarding the 90-day waiver from the ELDs for Livestock Haulers

Re: Carrying 90 day ELD exemption paperwork in truck

 

The new 90 day ELD ag hauler exemption, please carry this paperwork that states the existence of the waiver from ELDs for Ag haulers until June 18th.  We are unfortunately hearing that more and more law enforcement officials are asking specifically to see this documentation. 

 

From: James, Jeffrey (FMCSA) <jeffrey.james@dot.gov>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 1:30 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: FMCSA Hours of Service & Electronic Logging Device Applicability to the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities

 

Greetings,

We at the USDOT - FMCSA want to make sure that your industry is aware of the various hours-of-service requirements and exemptions for commercial motor vehicles transporting agricultural commodities (nonprocessed food, feed, livestock, etc.).

 

I am the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s representative in Washington State. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or outreach needs that you or your members may have.

 

Thank you,

Jeff James
Division Administrator (Washington Division)
USDOT - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Office:  (360) 753-8076
jeffrey.james@dot.gov

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