OKFB's Ron Justice Commends Lawmakers on Hard Work - Talks Priority Issues with Ron HaysFri, 13 Apr 2018 15:03:47 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Ron Justice, Oklahoma Farm Bureau director of public policy, this week to discuss his perspective on the progress of the 2018 Oklahoma Legislative Session. According to him, there are several bills pertinent to the stateís agriculture industry that have already been sent to the Governorís desk for her review. And, there are others that are still being processed by the House and Senate. At the moment, Justice says there arenít really any bills he finds threatening to the rural community but says he is closely monitoring a number of them that could always potentially be amended or rewritten in a manner that would negatively impact the ag community. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Justice commended lawmakers who he asserted have worked diligently over the past few weeks to meet deadlines and accomplish certain tasks to ensure their constituents are being properly represented - all while trying to be as accommodating as possible to teachers who have been actively knocking on their doors for several days and juggling their various other commitments and responsibilities.
Primarily on his list of priorities, Justice is currently tracking a handful of bills with the most immediate action likely to happen and with a direct link to agriculture. Examples of these include:
- H.B. 3416, on farm and ranch limited liability, written to reduce the risk of producers who open their operations up to agritourism.
- H.B. 3417, which proposes to transition the Eastern Red Cedar Registry Board to a Directory
- S.B. 912, which exempts agriculture from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate
- S.B. 1266, on loosening regulations for hauling fuel and custom harvesters, and providing certain exemptions for hazardous material classifications
- S.B. 1089, which would modify permitting for size and weight standards
These, among others being monitored, are expected to move quickly with all waiting for the Governorís signature with the exception of S.B. 912.
Learn more about these bills and others and how they will potentially impact the ag community in Oklahoma by listening to Haysís full interview with Justice - click or tap the LISTEN BAR below.
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