House Bill Bans State Enforcement of Farm Child Labor Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The House has passed a bill declaring that Tennessee wouldn’t enforce federal regulations governing child labor on family farms.
The chamber voted 70-24 on Monday evening to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.
The measure is in response to rules being considered by the U.S. Labor Department seeking to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.
Farm groups had complained that the initial rules proposed last year would upset traditions where children often work alongside their parents and relatives to learn how a farm operates.
The Labor Department last month agreed to modify the plan to include broader exemptions for children whose parents are part owners or operators of farms.
The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

Note: It’s HB2669. There was much debate, with some Democrats saying the bill could prompt a cutoff of federal farm subsidies and questioning legality of the measure.

One thought on “House Bill Bans State Enforcement of Farm Child Labor Law

  1. Eric Holcombe

    “Farming is the most dangerous job in the country.” Rep. Mike Turner (D)
    Mike speaks the truth (albeit, against his will). Farmers are the only ones specifically targeted by Obama’s Executive Order signed Friday before last. The federal government via King Obama now authorizes Bill Gibbons to come steal farmer’s food, crops, fertilizer, water, feed, tractors, implements, tractor parts, vehicles and their children – whom can be forced into government servitude.
    How in the world do the TN Dems intend to form “a good partnership” with that? It is nothing short of tyranny.
    I just have to shake my head at the reps here crying “but what if our federal sugar daddy money gets cut off” while at the same time implying the bill is illegitimate because it addresses a problem that isn’t here yet.

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