MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Wednesday declaring an energy emergency in the state.
The governor cited a late corn harvest and plunging temperatures leading to an increase in demand for propane as reasons for the order, according to a press release from Evers’ office.
“Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites depend on propane to heat their homes and right now farmers are depending on it to dry their corn,” said Evers. “Ensuring that we get propane to these folks is critical for the health, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of Wisconsinites across our state.”
Federal and state regulations limit the number of consecutive hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel to 14. After that, rules mandate a 10-hour rest period before that person can drive again. The governor’s order temporarily lifts those restrictions on any trucker delivering propane in Wisconsin so long as they are not sick or tired.
A full copy of the executive order is below.
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