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HJM015........................................by TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM DESIGNATION ACT - Stating findings of the Legislature and urging the Congressional delegation from the state of Idaho to support and cosponsor federal legislation which protects the agricultural operations exemption in the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995. 02/05 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/06 Rpt prt - to Transp 02/11 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/12 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/17 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Skippen Title apvd - to Senate 02/18 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Transp 03/05 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord 03/09 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - McWilliams Title apvd - to House 03/10 To enrol 03/11 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/12 Pres signed 03/15 To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 15 BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS 3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF 4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 6 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh 7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 8 WHEREAS, the state of Idaho experiences on its roads and highways every 9 year significant movement of agricultural commodities, including livestock, 10 livestock food, poultry and poultry feed; and 11 WHEREAS, the federal National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 12 includes an agricultural operations exemption from the federal hours of ser- 13 vice regulations for truck drivers transporting agricultural commodities; and 14 WHEREAS, the majority of states in the nation have, without adverse safety 15 consequences, implemented the agricultural operations exemption based upon the 16 specific agricultural transportation needs found within the individual states; 17 and 18 WHEREAS, produce and other perishable commodities must be delivered in a 19 timely manner, as the need for efficient, timely commercial agricultural 20 transportation grows; and 21 WHEREAS, the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a 22 "guidance" which states that livestock, livestock feed, poultry and poultry 23 feed are not agricultural commodities. 24 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 25 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 26 the Senate concurring therein, that we urgently support the passage of 27 H.R. 871, to amend the national Highway System Designation Act of 1995, to 28 provide a comprehensive definition of the term "agricultural commodity" and 29 thereby make the agricultural operations exemption permanent and not subject 30 to modification or revocation by the United States Department of Transporta- 31 tion. 32 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge the congressional delegation repre- 33 senting the State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States to actively 34 support and become cosponsors for passage of H.R. 871. 35 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa- 36 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this 37 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre- 38 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the 39 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 13769 Because of concerns regarding the Federal Bioterrorism Act, the United States Department of Transportation issued a "guidance" determining that poultry, livestock, and feed grains were not "agricultural commodities". If adopted this language would have ended the option that states currently have to exempt these agricultural products from "hours of service" regulations for transport. This joint memorial requests Idaho Congressmen to co- sponsor H.R.871, which would move the current definition of "agricultural commodities" from rule to law, taking it out of future Department of Transportation rulemaking. FISCAL IMPACT There will be no fiscal impact to the general fund. Contact Name: Rep. Kathy Skippen Phone: 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 015