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Sen. Plummer praises passage of law to limit farm-equipment restrictions

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By Glenn Minnis | Oct 28, 2019

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Illinois state Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville)

Illinois state Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville), a member of the House GOP’s Appropriations, Environment and Conservation, and Public Health Committees, is applauding a new law he sponsored that will update state law and clarify registration requirements for owners of certain farm equipment.

Under House Bill 2669, the $250 registration fee and “existing width and weight restrictions for a single unit, self-propelled agricultural fertilizer spreader” will be removed. The law that also impacts farm wagon-type tank trailers will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

“This new legislation will help the agricultural community by defining which fertilizer tanks and spreaders are to be registered,” Plummer said in a press release. “This is one small step in helping to bring some registration uniformity to our local farm machinery owners and operators.”

The new law also paves the way for the “use of a single unit, self-propelled agricultural fertilizer implement, designed for both on- and off-road use, equipped with flotation tires used for fertilizer or agricultural chemicals and having a width of more than 12 feet or a gross weight in excess of 36,000 pounds to be used on Illinois roads.”

Still in his first term in Springfield, Plummer has prided himself on putting the needs and concerns of his constituents above everything. He recently took exception to what he sees as Springfield’s poor policy decisions after a Kiplinger survey found that Illinois now ranks as the “least tax-friendly” state in the country based on the tax burden of a “hypothetical middle-class family.”

Plummer said all his thoughts and concerns are with the taxpayers.

“There’s numerous nonpartisan groups out there now ranking Illinois the worst state in the country when it comes to taxation, and that puts a very heavy burden on families and businesses throughout Illinois, and that’s why our state population continues to shrink and we continue to see businesses and quality jobs flee to other states and why we're facing the fiscal crisis we're facing,” he said. “Until we make our state more competitive, we’re going to continue to struggle.”

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