Senate bill would expand agricultural commodity definition

House proposed similar bill earlier this year

Posted July 23, 2019

The U.S. Senate recently introduced its version of the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act that would expand the definition of an agricultural commodity for hours-of-service purposes.

If passed, the bill would expand agricultural commodity to include:

  • Agricultural, aquacultural, horticultural, and floricultural commodities;
  • Fruits;
  • Vegetables;
  • Any non-human living animal and the products of that animal; and
  • Other agricultural products that are:
    • Sensitive to temperature and climate; and
    • At the risk of perishing in transit.

The House of Representatives introduced the same bill on March 12, 2019. The Senate bill was introduced by Georgia Republican David Perdue and Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley.


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