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Posted: April 27th, 2012
Rules change will allow teens to continue farm work

Reactions have been deeply divided to a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor to withdraw proposed regulations that would have imposed limits on teenagers working on farms here in and across the United States.
The proposed rules would have banned children under 16 from driving tractors and would have prevented workers under 18 from working in feed lots, grain silos and stockyards.
Reid Maki, coordinator of the Child Labor Coalition said the decision means more children will die in farm accidents that could have been helped.
“There was tremendous heat, and I don’t think it helped that it was an election year,” he said, according to an Associated Press report.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, praised the Obama administration for the move.
“We can all agree to disagree on the degree to which the federal government chooses to regulate our roads and waterways, but the federal government has no business dictating to parents how to raise their children,” he said.

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