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Farm bill sent to Wolf

HARRISBURG — A measure to help Pennsylvania’s farmers by updating state law regarding multipurpose agriculture vehicles is headed to the governor’s desk after approval Monday by the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 995, introduced by Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, was approved by the Senate on June 9.

State law allows Pennsylvania farmers to use multipurpose ag vehicles — commonly known as MAVs or all-terrain vehicles and “side by side” vehicles — of up to 62-inches wide on public roads, provided they are only traveling a limited distance.

However, many newer MAVs measure 64-inches wide. Senate Bill 995 would permit the use of MAVs of up to 66-inches.

Senate Bill 995 does not increase the distances that farmers are able to travel, nor does it roll back any safety measures.

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