Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:28 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska lawmaker wants to put the Department of Aeronautics in charge of handling complaints against crop-dusters.
The Legislature's Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss which state agency should oversee aerial pesticide sprayers.
Current law requires the Department of Agriculture to settle complaints, but state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha says the agency takes too long. Krist, a pilot, says complaints should be settled within 90 days.
Krist says the Department of Agriculture lacks expertise in federal aviation standards, which govern how aerial pesticide companies operate. He argues that the Department of Aeronautics keeps a closer eye on federal aviation rules, and is a better authority to decide whether a pilot has flown negligently.
The bill is LB15.
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