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Hours of Service legislation updates

The Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) The bill would establish a working group at the Department of Transportation to identify obstacles facing livestock haulers and develop guidelines for regulatory or legislative action to improve livestock transportation. Enforcement of the electronic logging device rule would be delayed until the working group outcomes are formally proposed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released a statement in regard to the introduction of the act Tuesday. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 12, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: High-speed rail, well test regs

This week TSCRA government affairs staff worked on statements rand regarding concerns on the high-speed rail project using eminent domain and proposed rule changes eliminating annual well tests. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Jun 01, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Runoff elections, farm bill vote, high-speed rail and more

TSCRA government affairs staff were closely monitoring a number of runoff elections this Tuesday, as well as the latest farm bill vote, developments in the high-speed rail project, newly-introduced legislation regarding livestock transportation rules, and the Corpus Christi Port Channel Improvement project. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 25, 2018

Urgent call to action for Texans against the high-speed rail project

Please take two minutes to voice your concern about the Dallas Houston High-speed Rail (HSR) to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Texas Central is asking for exemptions to fast track their project. We need you to submit an online verified statement so the STB knows there is significant public opposition to this project. Please visit “Read more” link below to be taken to the Texans Against High Speed Rail website. The form should take less than two minutes to read, complete and submit. Please share this with any and all Texans concerned about the Dallas Houston HSR. You do not have to be directly impacted by the proposed tracks to complete this statement. The deadline to submit a statement is Tuesday, May 29. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2018

Lawmakers introduce legislation addressing livestock transportation issues

Lawmakers in Washington have introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act, saying it would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. The bill was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2018

Farm bill fails to pass House

The House of Representatives vote Friday on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to pass with a vote of 198-213. This is the second failed vote in five years. Key issues surrounding immigration and food stamp reforms proved too much a hurdle for some. However, House Ag Committee Chairman Conaway holds out hope they can still deliver a workable farm bill. The Senate continues working on their own version while Republican members of the House regroup. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 21, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Farm bill vote

This week TSCRA government and public affairs staff are monitoring action and voting on the 2018 Farm Bill by the U.S. House of Representatives and urging cattle raisers and landowners to let their members of Congress know they support the farm bill. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 18, 2018

Permian oil booms, but pipelines can’t keep up

The United States is producing record volumes of oil, with nearly one-third of it coming from the Permian Basin. But rural West Texas can only use so much oil, which means energy companies need to get all that crude somewhere else. The San Antonio developer of the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline said on Friday that it signed anchor customers to ensure the project has the financing to move forward. The proposed pipeline, which would trek 730 miles from near the New Mexico border to Corpus Christi, is slated to come online by the end of 2019. Other companies also are proposing new pipelines and expansions to try to catch up with the Permian’s production. -The Houston Chronicle Read more… 

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 14, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Leader conference, situation response exercise and House Ag Committee hearing

This week TSCRA government and public affairs staff attended the TSCRA Leader Conference in Fort Worth with the association’s newly-elected officers, directors and committee leaders. They also participated in Agriculture Response Management and Resources (ARMAR) tabletop exercise, and testified at an interim hearing of the Texas House Land and Resource Management Committee in Houston. Read More..

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 11, 2018

Testify before House Committee on Land & Resource Management May 9 in Houston

The Texas House Committee on Land & Resource Management will meet at Texas Southern University’s School of Education Auditorium in Houston on May 9 to hear invited and public testimony regarding eminent domain, private property rights and fair compensation. We are urging association members, ranchers and landowners interested in making their voices heard to attend the hearing and/or testify. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 03, 2018