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Vruwink Urges Farmers to Attend IoH Hearing
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/28/2014

State Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink is encouraging farmers and other rural residents interested in giving feedback on legislation impacting implements of husbandry to attend a public hearing at the State Capitol today. That's where Assembly Bill 648 and Senate Bill 509 will be heard before a joint hearing of the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs. The meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. in room 411 South.

"This legislation, which is moving quickly as the legislature winds down the legislative session, will have significant impacts on all farmers, agricultural businesses, and local municipalities," Vruwink said. "It is essential that Legislators hear directly from the agricultural community regarding how potential decisions affect them."

The bill comes as a result of recommendations drafted by a special IoH task force, which held townhall style meetings around Wisconsin over the past summer. That group aimed to create a clearer, simpler definition of IoH to reflect today's agricultural equipment, which would also include a definition for commercial motor vehicles used exclusively for agricultural operations.

Among the provisions in the bill, the new rules would establish a general total weight, width and height limitations for certain equipment types; and eliminates DOT's issuance of farm machinery permits. It also repeals the general width limitation of 12 feet for farm tractors and repeals the time of day exception.

And the bill creates a new annual or consecutive month permit program, which would be issued by DOT and local authorities for equipment that exceed statutory length or weight limitations.

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