[Wisconsin State Capitol] Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) announced that the Governor signed into law today a bill that will allow the Department of Transportation to issue permits for loads of hay and straw that exceed height restrictions. By allowing the DOT to issue these permits, this bill eases the transport of hay and straw and addresses potential losses for operators and agricultural producers. Harsdorf authored this legislation that will ease the transport of hay and straw at the request of a constituent who brought the issue to her attention.
“I am pleased that today's action will bring Wisconsin in line with neighboring states in regards to the transporting of hay and straw and will ensure that haulers are not forced to take a loss on a portion of a load,” says Harsdorf. “This legislation is not only a benefit for operators and agricultural producers but also a testament to the critical role that citizens play in the legislative process.”
This legislation will allow the Department of Transportation to issue permits for loads of hay or straw that exceed height restrictions. This addresses the issue of differing transportation laws between Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as other neighboring states and Canadian provinces, that resulted in unnecessary waste and a financial loss for agricultural producers and operators. Several neighboring states already allow for divisible loads that exceed a certain height to apply for a special permit. Prior to enacting this new law, agricultural producers and operators were often required to abandon part of their load or sell at a reduced price upon entering Wisconsin.
“Continuing to ease the transportation of goods and products in Wisconsin will help our state’s economy recover and grow. I am appreciative of the bipartisan support this legislation received.”