STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bob Cherry’s (R-Greenfield) legislation regarding agricultural transportation passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday with a 98-0 vote. It was the first bill to pass out of the House during the 2013 legislative session.
House Bill (HB) 1068 provides that certain exemptions to the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) apply to the operation of commercial motor vehicles relating to agriculture. MAP-21 provides funding for surface transportation programs and is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. The legislation was signed by President Obama on July 6, 2012 and went into effect on October 1, 2012.
“This legislation is intended to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s request that states take immediate action to put policies and procedures in place to comply with the exemptions granted by Congress last year,” said Rep. Cherry.
HB 1068 allows for the transportation of crops within 100 miles from the point of harvest. It also clarifies that a commercial driver’s license is not needed and that a farmer does not need to carry a medical card. This legislation is supported by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
HB 1068 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. If signed into law, it will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.