Thune Seeks To Block Rules On Farm Youth
by Associated Press
March 22, 2012 7:45 AM
South Dakota Sen. John Thune has introduced a bill seeking to prevent the U.S. Labor Department from imposing rules that would limit the jobs children can do on farms.
Thune says the proposed ruled would prohibit those younger than 18 from handling livestock in some circumstances or operating some farm machinery. The rules would exempt children working on their families' farms from some of the restrictions.
Thune says the proposed rules would unnecessarily restrict the participation of young people in agricultural activities. He says the rules would prohibit common practices on farms and would hamper the training of young people in agricultural work.
Thune and fellow Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas introduced the bill seeking to block the rules. Thune says 36 other senators have signed on as co-sponsors.