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State Senate passes ag bill

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FRANKFORT -- The state Senate on Thursday passed House Bill 174, sponsored by Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, which aims to relieve "burdensome transportation laws" on the agriculture industry, including certain meats, agricultural crop products, and livestock.

The bill would extend the weight tolerance for agricultural exclusive vehicles by 10 percent on state highways.

The House passed the legislation last week, 81-13.

"I am very pleased by the Senate's positive action today on HB 174," Heath said.

"Any action that we can take to ease financial and regulatory burdens on the agriculture industry, while also limiting excessive traffic on our roadways, should be taken. I fully expect Governor Bevin, who has made it a priority to cut red tape in government, to sign this bill into law."

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles commended Heath's work to get the legislation through both the House and Senate.

"I applaud Chairman Heath for passing critical legislation that supports Kentucky's No. 1 agriculture industry," he said.

The bill will now go to Bevin, who is expected to sign the legislation into law.

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