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Senate to consider potato-packaging bill

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The state Senate today could pass legislation that would lift weight restrictions on potato packagers in Pennsylvania.

Currently, state law requires potatoes to be packages in containers for sale weighing 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100 and multiples of 100 pounds.

Schuylkill County Republican Sen. David Argall is the lead sponsor on Senate Bill 1131. Argall said he proposed the bill to allow potato farmers to better meet the demands of their retail partners and consumers.

“This is the type of bureaucratic red tape that drives people nuts,” Argall said following committee passage last month. “Maybe the law made sense many decades ago, but with increased competition from other states and the demands of consumers and retail partners, it’s time to relieve our potato farmers of this onerous restriction.”

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