Jefferson County lawmakers decry state’s moves on guns, farm wages

Pistols are arranged at Van Tassel’s Gunsmithing in Evans Mills. Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Legislators is prepared to pass two resolutions denouncing recent actions, or threatened actions, taken by the state government.

On Tuesday, the board’s Finance and Rules Committee voted unanimously to pass both resolutions, one advocating for the state’s labor laws to continue enforcing 60-hour work weeks for farm laborers, and one denouncing the state’s recently passed Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which made sweeping changes to state gun laws.

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As a lifelong farmer, I can see no reason for farm workers to have fewer legal benefits than other workers in other segments of society. The regulation of overtime pay after 40 hours is fair. People, including farm owners, who produce food for the world should not have to do it on their backs while the rest of the world enjoys food at a lower cost. Perhaps if we fought fewer wars and spent less on military expenditures, we could figure out how to affordably and adequately feed people without expecting to do it on the backs of agriculture workers. It is a problem that has to be solved and we can do it.

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