Frankfort – Seeking to stop a federal change severely limiting how much help teenagers could provide on a farm, the Kentucky House of Representatives put its unanimous support today behind Rep. Rick Rand’s resolution calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to rescind its proposal.
“This proposed change, however well-intentioned, would have an unnecessary effect on farm families across the country,” said Rep. Rand, D-Bedford. “Like millions of others, I grew up on a family farm and credit that experience for teaching me the enduring value of hard work along with many life lessons. The last thing any farmer wants to do is endanger the welfare of a teenager, but this rule change is over-reaching. I think we have a good balance now as things stand.”
Under the proposed federal rules, most children under the age of 16 would be barred from using power equipment, such as driving a tractor, and would face limitations in other areas as well, such climbing ladders taller than six feet or handling cattle.
Rep. Rand’s House Resolution 62 will now be sent to the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Labor and to each member of Kentucky’s congressional delegation.