Rep. Austin Scott, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the impact of enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on specialty crop growers. Specifically, Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that DOL is using the "Hot Goods" provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural commodities without regard for the inevitable destruction of the product and significant economic hardship inflicted on farmers and their employees.
H.R. 634, the Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013
To provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and for other purposes.
Reps. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Gary Peters (D-MI), Austin Scott (R-GA), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC)
Introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on February 13, 2013
Ordered reported by voice vote on March 20, 2013