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SB157 (Ag Suppliers Lien)

SB 157 establishes an agricultural supplier's lien and to provide for its grant, content, filing, priority, and effect. This bill is for businesses that furnish "Agricultural supplies," such as, pesticides, fertilizer, soil amendments, and animal feed, together with the furnishing of services in delivering or applying the agricultural supplies; for the production of agricultural property is entitled to an agricultural supplier's lien upon the “agricultural property” (agricultural supplies, and livestock and their products, including milk.) The term does not include real property. Click here for the bill brief. 


The bill was deferred to the 41st day, essentially killing it.

  • Listen to the testimony: (after you click on it, it takes about a minute and a half to start, be patient). 

H.R. 2454-Dead
American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
a.k.a: Climate Change Legislation; Cap and Trade Bill; Global Warming Bill
What it does: To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.

Status:  This bill never became law.


H.R. 1409 / S. 560-DEAD
Employee Free Choice Act of 2009

a.k.a: Card Check Legislation

What it Does:   A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during the organizing efforts, and for other purposes.

Status:  These bills never became law.



Federal regulators appointed by the Obama administration at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor have proposed two new regulations that threaten employers’ ability to seek and retain legal counsel and properly discuss union organizing drives with employees. The effect will be to make a mockery of real elections and impose “card check” by regulation.

Combined, these proposed rules would:

Please take a brief moment to voice your opinion and tell these regulators to stop pushing “card check.” At the same time, you can tell your legislators about these harmful proposed regulations and other pending attacks on business, such as decisions that would allow for swarms of micro-unions (which are designed to let organizers cherry pick pro-union employees but disenfranchise those who may vote to remain union-free) and ask them to support legislation that would prevent NLRB from telling private employers where they can operate or create jobs.
Only a forceful reply by America’s job creators can convince the administration to put away these costly, bureaucratic, and unfair rules so that we can return to focusing on our companies and creating jobs.

Please click here to take action now!


S. 787-DEAD
Clean Water Restoration Act
What it does: 
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the United States over waters of the United States.

Status:   This bill never became law.



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 27 published a proposed rule that would require most animal feed manufacturing facilities to implement specified management practices and standards to minimize emissions of chromium compounds and manganese compounds if such products are used within their operations.

Among other things, the proposed rule would require affected feed manufacturers to: 1) implement specific housekeeping measures to minimize excessive dust; 2) use specified control devices and practices to minimize potential emissions, and 3) establish, maintain and submit to EPA, as required, designated records that demonstrate the facility’s compliance to the rule. Although this proposed rule could have a very significant impact on feed manufacturers, EPA provided only a 30-day period - ending on Aug. 26 - to provide comments on the proposed rule.


This rule is final, and took effect November 2, 2010


Click here for a copy of the rule.

United States Congressional Offices
Senator Tim Johnson
United States Senate
136 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202/222-5842
Fax: 202/228-0368

Senator John Thune
United States Senate SR-493
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202/222-2321
Fax: 202/228-5429

Representative Kristi Noem
United States House of Representatives
226 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Ph: 202/225-2801
Fax : 202/225-5823