Greetings friends and neighbors,
I, along with other rural Republican legislators, sent a letter on Wednesday to Governor Dayton requesting that he issue an executive order temporarily waiving hours of service regulations for transporters of propane and anhydrous ammonia. The Governor issued Emergency Executive Order 17-11 late Wednesday evening, which will ease regulations on hours of service "for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in emergency relief efforts."
I thank Governor Dayton for taking action to keep propane supplies moving to the point of demand for home heating and grain drying this harvest season. According to the Governor's office, the Executive Order "will help ensure farmers have access to the diesel fuel and propane they need to dry late-harvested crops."
This year’s situation does not appear as dire, but several Minnesotans have reported that shortages in surrounding states are causing dealers to turn to Minnesota for supplies, straining our state’s resources. Haulers have had to wait in line for up to six hours to load their trucks, which cuts into their allotted hours of service behind the wheel.
The Executive Order remains in effect for 30 days, or "until the commercial motor carrier or drivers ceases direct assistance in providing energy relief, whichever occurs first," and may be extended in the future.
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