HARRISBURG – Legislation that would help PA’s dairy industry will be reintroduced in Harrisburg. The measure would amend PA’s Vehicle Code to ensure that milk haulers can travel on highways during a declaration of disaster emergency. The bill’s prime sponsor, Blair County Sen. Judy Ward said although travel restrictions for commercial vehicles are understandable, milk hauling is unique. She says the trucks hauling the milk have a limited window to deliver their product before it perishes. If dairy farmers are unable to get their commodity picked up and delivered in a timely manner, they will have to discard it causing further difficulties for dairy farmers who are truly struggling to make ends meet. Ward said that milk haulers are among the most experienced drivers on the road. A similar bill passed by the General Assembly last year was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

SEN. JUDY WARD