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May 11, 2001   Email to Friend 

NEW LAW EXEMPTS AG PRODUCTS AS LITTER
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 11, 2001

A bill that protects farmers transporting biodegradable agricultural products in their natural state needs only the governor's signature to become law.

HB 241, sponsored by Rep. Richard Lindsey, D-Centre, has passed both the House and the Senate this session and is aimed at clarifying the state's litter law. This bill was prompted by Alabama cotton producers who have been ticketed for littering while transporting cotton from the field to the gin. Cotton alongside roadways appeared to increase during last summer's drought when, because of lack of moisture, the cotton didn't decay. This bill does not repeal state law that requires agricultural products to be covered with a tarp while being transported on public highways.

"Alabama farmers should not be ticketed for unintentional littering when taking their products to market," said Paul Pinyan, director of agricultural legislation for the Federation.


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