FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A House bill that would allow trucks to haul larger loads of feed for livestock and poultry passed the Senate on Wednesday, but not before a change was made.
HB 153 would allow feed trucks to haul full loads. Current law allows eight of nine bins in the trailers to be filled, keeping them under Kentucky’s 80,000-pound weight limit.
“We are just asking to make Kentucky a competitive field for the poultry industry,” said Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, a supporter of the measure, during Senate floor debate.
Kentucky’s No. 1 agricultural industry remains poultry, and Hornback said the state missed out on two recent expansions.
But Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Prospect, said HB 153 would allow some trucks to go over the 80,000-pound limit by as much as 20 percent.
“So I am very, very reluctant to let the camel put its nose under the tent and increase weight above 80,000 pounds unless there is a fee associated with that.”
Harris proposed an amendment that would create an annual $150-per-truck fee.
The amendment was adopted before HB 153 passed by a 32-5 vote. The bill now goes back to the House for consideration of the Senate change. If approved, it would then head to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk.