House Bill Offers Livestock Haulers ELD, Hours of Service Resolutions

Rep. Ron Estes On ELD
The House of Representatives has debuted their own Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act, which is similar to the Senate version and grants greater hours of service flexibility to livestock haulers. ( Wyatt Bechtel )

Livestock haulers continue to gain support from legislators with the House of Representatives working on a bill that would amend Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and hours of service rules.

On June 13, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced a bipartisan bill with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) called the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act- H.R 6079.

Yoho, who is a veterinarian in Florida, took the lead on the TLAAS after a version of the same bill was supported by 11 Senators in late-May.

“The safe transportation of livestock is an essential part of feeding America,” Yoho says. “TLAAS makes the right modifications to current regulations, so we protect the safety of both haulers and livestock in route to their final destination. I want to thank Rep. Peterson and all my colleagues who are original sponsors of this important legislation.”

Serving as the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson knows the importance of transportation to livestock producers.

“This legislation provides needed flexibility to improve the safety and efficiency of livestock haulers across rural America. Moreover, it reduces the stress of travel on livestock, particularly during the summer and winter months,” Peterson says.

Prior to TLAAS being publicly announced, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.) told Drovers (see video above) that while the original regulations work for large fleet companies they aren’t a great fit for animal agriculture.

“We need to make sure we have common sense regulations,” Estes says. “We want to make sure that it’s simple, it makes sense, it’s efficient and effective for our agribusiness interests.”

A number of livestock groups supported TLAAS in the Senate and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released a statement voicing support for the House version.

“The House version of the Transporting Livestock Across America Act is another important step toward fixing the current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers. The status quo presents major challenges for the beef industry and can often jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock,” says NCBA President Kevin Kester.

The bill was originally cosponsored by the following 45 Representatives and Yoho, only two of which are Democrats:

  • Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]*
  • Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3]*
  • Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4]*
  • Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]*
  • Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1]*
  • Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]*
  • Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-11]*
  • Rep. Estes, Ron [R-KS-4]*
  • Rep. Dunn, Neal P. [R-FL-2]*
  • Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17]*
  • Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large]*
  • Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]*
  • Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]*
  • Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8]*
  • Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]*
  • Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]*
  • Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4]*
  • Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]*
  • Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7]*
  • Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]*
  • Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3]*
  • Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2]*
  • Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7]*
  • Rep. Higgins, Clay [R-LA-3]*
  • Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1]*
  • Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]*
  • Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1]*
  • Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4]*
  • Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3]*
  • Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1]*
  • Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6]*
  • Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19]*
  • Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]*
  • Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8]*
  • Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3]*
  • Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11]*
  • Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]*
  • Rep. Johnson, Mike [R-LA-4]*
  • Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]*
  • Rep. Comer, James [R-KY-1]*
  • Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5]*
  • Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]*
  • Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]*
  • Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4]*
  • Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8]*

Three more Representatives cosponsored the bill to bring the total to 48 cosponsors:

  • Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3]
  • Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large]
  • Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7]

Just a day before the House version of TLAAS was unveiled a bipartisan Senate bill was released that would delay enforcement of the ELD and hours of service regulations for livestock haulers until a working group can determine a proper compromise.

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