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Governor Snyder signs Caswell's farm implement bill


LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Governor Rick Snyder has signed Senate Bill 1121 into law as Public Act 589 of 2012.  This legislation, sponsored by Senator Bruce Caswell, amends the Motor Vehicle Code to clarify what constitutes a farm implement, or implement of husbandry, taking away the vagueness that has caused confusion for farmers and law enforcement for decades.

Senate Bill 1121 changes the definition of “implement of husbandry” to mean “…a vehicle or trailer in use for the exclusive function of serving agricultural, horticultural, or livestock operations.  Implement of husbandry includes a farm tractor, self-propelled application-type vehicle, farm wagon, farm trailer, a vehicle or trailer adapted for lifting or carrying another implement of husbandry, or any substantially similar equipment used to transport products necessary for agricultural production.”

“For years farmers and law enforcement officials alike have struggled with what farm implements may legally use the roads.  With this change, they now have clear guidance on what constitutes an implement of husbandry,” said Caswell.  “I appreciate the local constituents that first brought this issue to my attention, so that we could fix this longstanding problem.”

The change to the definition was developed with input from the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Agri-Business Association, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.