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Tennessee House votes to ignore federal child farm labor regs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The House has passed a bill declaring that Tennessee wouldn't enforce federal regulations governing child labor on family farms.

The chamber voted 70-24 on Monday evening to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby.

The measure is in response to rules being considered by the U.S. Labor Department seeking to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.

Farm groups had complained that the initial rules proposed last year would upset traditions where children often work alongside their parents and relatives to learn how a farm operates.

The Labor Department last month agreed to modify the plan to include broader exemptions for children whose parents are part owners or operators of farms.

The companion bill is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.

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