2008 Health Legislation


The following are bills in the California State Senate or Assembly that concern children’s health issues and are either in committee or chaptered. For the complete language and history of each bill, click HERE and plug in the bill #.

    Legislation – BY TOPIC- from other states is posted below the California Section.

CALIFORNIA

SB 1420 (Padilla D-20): Food Facilities Nutritional Information: Would require each food facility in the state that is part of a chain to provide nutritional information on menus or menu boards.

AB 1472 (Leno D-13): California Healthy Places Act of 2008: Would charge the California Department of Public Health to provide technical assistance and grants to local public health agencies and community organizations to evaluate land-use planning decisions to ensure that they create communities that promote health.

AB 2989 (Fuentes D-39): Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program: Would establishes the Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences.

AB 97 (Mendoza D-56): Trans Fat: Would prohibit storing, distributing, serving, or using any food, oil, shortening, or margarine containing specified trans fat in the preparation of specified foods within a food facility.

AB 2726 (Leno D-13): Healthy Food Purchases Pilot Program: Would allow the existing Health Purchase Pilot Program to use any source of funding and extends the Pilot dates to 1/1/12 to accommodate the challenges presented by securing these alternate funds.

SB 411 (Torlakson D-7): Vending Machines: Would regulate various aspects of the provision of food and beverages in state vending machines.

SB 1420 (Padilla D-20, Midgen D-3): Nutritional Information: Would require each food facility in the state that is part of a chain to provide nutritional information.

AB 2072 (Havashi D-18): Physical Education Award Program: Would establish the Physical Education Award Program, which would grant nonmonetary awards to schools conducting physical education courses in accordance to model content standards and demonstrating increasing numbers of students meeting the minimum standards on the physical performance test. Nonmonetary awards could include classification as a distinguished school, listing on a public honor role or commendations from the Governor of Legislature

SB 602 (Torlakson D-7): Physical Education: Would require the Department of Education to ensure that the Categorical Program Monitoring process indicates the extent to which each school in a participating school district performs, including in the provision of the state required minimum minutes of physical education instruction.

AB 1966 (Garcia R-80): School Meals: Would require each school site meeting qualifications for the federal severe need reimbursement to offer a nutritional breakfast that qualifies for federal reimbursement, beginning with the 2009-10 school year. This bill would only become operative if funding is available in the 2008 Budget Act.

AB 2300 (Laird D-27): Direct Certification: Would give the California Department of Education the authority to use MediCAL data to verify school meal eligibility. Additionally, give CDE authority to test usage of this data for enrollment as well. Require CDE to seek any available federal funds for this purpose.

AB 2704 (Leno-13): Availability of Tap Water: Prohibits the governing board of a school district from entering into or renewing a contract that discourages or prevents schools from providing free tap water and requires that each school district allow for the provision of free tap water in school food service areas.

AB 2708 (Solario D-69): School Districts & Trademarks: Would prohibits a school district from permitting the display of the name, logo, or trademark of a restaurant or food and beverage manufacturer if any of the products manufactured or sold by the restaurant or manufacturer do not comply with the existing school nutrition standards.

SB 564 (Ridley-Thomas D-26): Public School Health Center Support Program: Would provide a school health facility that may conduct routine physical, mental health and oral health assessments and provide for any services not offered onsite or through a referral process.

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OBESITY TARGETED BILLS

Colorado

SB 173
Sponsor: Williams
Date Introduced: 2/19/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/28/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Bike/Pedestrian | Obesity – Childhood | Transportation |
Summary: This bill would establish a Healthy Schools Grant Program. Among the requirements to be awarded a grant is for the school to have a written plan to promote students’walking and biking to school.

(Last Update: 5/28/2008)

Florida

HB 1251
Sponsor: Waldman
Date Introduced: 2/29/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Florida Farm Fresh Schools Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Requires the Department to provide outreach and training to districts, schools, school food service directors, parent and teacher organizations, and students about the benefits of fresh food products from farms in Florida. The bill would exempt the procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased for the Program from certain bid limits. Requires the department of agriculture to work with the Department of Education to encourage the patronization of products from farmers in Florida by requiring school districts and schools to buy fresh and high quality foods grown in this state when feasible and encourage and solicit farmers to sell their products to school districts and schools. It would also encourage school districts and schools to demonstrate a preference for competitively priced organic food products. SB 2468 is the companion to this bill. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

SB 2468

Sponsor: Siplin
Date Introduced: 2/28/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Florida Farm Fresh Schools Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Requires the Department to provide outreach and training to districts, schools, school food service directors, parent and teacher organizations, and students about the benefits of fresh food products from farms in Florida. The bill would exempt the procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased for the Program from certain bid limits. Requires the department of agriculture to work with the Department of Education to encourage the patronization of products from farmers in Florida by requiring school districts and schools to buy fresh and high quality foods grown in this state when feasible and encourage and solicit farmers to sell their products to school districts and schools. It would also encourage school districts and schools to demonstrate a preference for competitively priced organic food products. HB 1251 is the companion to this bill. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

Illinois

HB 5949
Sponsor: Cole
Date Introduced: 2/15/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/15/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Farm Fresh Schools Program and Program Fund in the Department of Agriculture, with cooperation from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health. The purpose of the program is to reduce obesity and improve nutrition and public health, while strengthening local agricultural economies by increasing access to and promoting the consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables in schools. The Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Board of Education shall jointly administer a process to review grant proposals and award grants.

(Last Update: 9/29/2008)

North Carolina

HB 2437 (2008 NC Laws, Chap. #34
Sponsor: Michaux
Date Introduced: 5/21/2008 Date of Last Action: 6/30/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Bike/Pedestrian | Coalition/Council | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood | Physical Activity |
Summary: The sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) appropriated in this section in the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to the Department of Health and Humans Services, Division of Public Health, for the 2008-2009 fiscal year shall be used to establish a Task Force on Preventing Childhood Obesity (Task Force) to be cochaired by the State Health Director and the Chairman of the State Board of Education. The Task Force is to review current State activities in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Instruction, and the Health and Wellness Trust Fund and develop a comprehensive statewide strategic plan with recommendations for preventing childhood obesity. The goals of the strategic plan shall encompass the following framework of initiatives:

(1) Providing healthier foods to students;

(2) Improving the availability of healthy foods at home and in the community;

(3) Increasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity in schools;

(4) Encouraging communities to establish a master plan for pedestrian and bicycle pathways;

(5) Improving access to safe places where children can play

FARM TO SCHOOL BILLS

Florida

HB 1015
Sponsor: Zapata
Date Introduced: 2/20/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in conjunction with the Department of Education, to study the fiscal impact of establishing a statewide “Farm-to-School Program” to connect schools with farms for the purposes of serving healthy meals in schools, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition learning opportunities, and supporting local and state farmers. The companion bill is SB 1708. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

HB 1251

Sponsor: Waldman
Date Introduced: 2/29/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Florida Farm Fresh Schools Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Requires the Department to provide outreach and training to districts, schools, school food service directors, parent and teacher organizations, and students about the benefits of fresh food products from farms in Florida. The bill would exempt the procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased for the Program from certain bid limits. Requires the department of agriculture to work with the Department of Education to encourage the patronization of products from farmers in Florida by requiring school districts and schools to buy fresh and high quality foods grown in this state when feasible and encourage and solicit farmers to sell their products to school districts and schools. It would also encourage school districts and schools to demonstrate a preference for competitively priced organic food products. SB 2468 is the companion to this bill. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

SB 1708
Sponsor: Margolis
Date Introduced: 2/12/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in conjunction with the Department of Education, to study the fiscal impact of establishing a statewide “Farm-to-School Program” to connect schools with farms for the purposes of serving healthy meals in schools, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition learning opportunities, and supporting local and state farmers. The companion bill is HB 1015. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

SB 2468
Sponsor: Siplin
Date Introduced: 2/28/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/2/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Florida Farm Fresh Schools Program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Requires the Department to provide outreach and training to districts, schools, school food service directors, parent and teacher organizations, and students about the benefits of fresh food products from farms in Florida. The bill would exempt the procurement of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased for the Program from certain bid limits. Requires the department of agriculture to work with the Department of Education to encourage the patronization of products from farmers in Florida by requiring school districts and schools to buy fresh and high quality foods grown in this state when feasible and encourage and solicit farmers to sell their products to school districts and schools. It would also encourage school districts and schools to demonstrate a preference for competitively priced organic food products. HB 1251 is the companion to this bill. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

Illinois
HB 5949
Sponsor: Cole
Date Introduced: 2/15/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/15/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition | Obesity – Childhood |
Summary: This bill would create the Farm Fresh Schools Program and Program Fund in the Department of Agriculture, with cooperation from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health. The purpose of the program is to reduce obesity and improve nutrition and public health, while strengthening local agricultural economies by increasing access to and promoting the consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables in schools. The Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Board of Education shall jointly administer a process to review grant proposals and award grants.

(Last Update: 9/29/2008)

Iowa
HF 2431
Sponsor: Struyk
Date Introduced: 2/28/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/28/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would appropriate $75,000 in the next two fiscal years for the farm-to-school program. (See SF 601 from 2007 for more information) (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

HF 2447
Sponsor: Struyk
Date Introduced: 2/29/2008 Date of Last Action: 3/4/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Farmers’ Market |
Summary: This bill would establish a fresh fruits and vegetables loan program. A loan shall be made to persons who market fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers who reside in the same community as where the fresh fruits or vegetables are produced. The loans may be used to finance projects associated with farmers markets, the WIC farmers’ market nutrition program, or the senior farmers’ market nutrition program, and the farm-to-school program. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

HF 2459
Sponsor: Mascher
Date Introduced: 2/29/2008 Date of Last Action: 3/5/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would provide that the farm-to-school council produce a report each year on the farm-to-school program. The report will include the extent to which farmers and schools are participating in the program on a regional basis, the extent to which public agencies and nonprofit organizations are partnering with the council to facilitate communication between farmers and schools, and the council’s plans to improve and expand the program. (Last Update: 5/28/2008)

Kentucky
HB 484 (2008 KY Acts, Chap. # 37)
Sponsor: Butler
Date Introduced: 2/7/2008 Date of Last Action: 4/9/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would extend the provisions of KRS 45A.645 to encourage governing boards of public postsecondary institutions to purchase Kentucky-grown agricultural products if the vendor can meet quality and pricing requirements and if the institutions purchase agricultural products. See HB 669 from 2006 for further details. (Last Update: 6/3/2008)

HB 626 (2008 KY laws, Chap. #154)
Sponsor: Denham
Date Introduced: 2/25/2008 Date of Last Action: 4/24/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill amends current law concerning the Kentucky Proud program. It creates a Kentucky Proud Advisory Council and creates a Kentucky Proud promotion fund, with a grant program using available funds. Before a state agency may purchase Kentucky-grown agricultural products, the vendor shall be required to participate in the Kentucky Proud program, which is required by KRS 45A.645, if the vendor can meet quality and pricing requirements. See HB 669 from 2006 for further details. (Last Update: 6/3/2008)

Maryland
HB 696 (2008 Md. laws, Chap. # 372)
Sponsor: Hixson
Date Introduced: 2/1/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/13/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would establish the “Jane Lawton Farm-to-School program” in the department of agriculture to promote the sale of farm products grown in the state to schools. This includes developing a database of farmers interested in selling their farm products to schools, create a promotional event entitled “Maryland Homegrown School Lunchweek,” and arrange for experiential learning for students, such as trips to local farms. The companion to this bill is SB 158. (Last Update: 6/3/2008)

SB 158 (2008 Md. laws, Chap. #371)
Sponsor: Raskin
Date Introduced: 1/18/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/13/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would establish the “Jane Lawton Farm-to-School program” in the department of agriculture to promote the sale of farm products grown in the state to schools. This includes developing a database of farmers interested in selling their farm products to schools, create a promotional event entitled “Maryland Homegrown School Lunchweek,” and arrange for experiential learning for students, such as trips to local farms. The companion to this bill is HB 696.

(Last Update: 6/3/2008)

Michigan

HB 5967
Sponsor: Gonzales
Date Introduced: 4/9/2008 Date of Last Action: 4/9/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would allow a school district or public school academy to make food pruchases without using competitive bids unless the amount is in a single transaction over $100,000. The current ceiling is $19,650. One of the intentions of this bill is to make it easier for schools to purchase local food.

in a single transaction costing $100,000.00 or more. (Last Update: 9/29/2008)

New Jersey

AB 2016
Sponsor: McHose
Date Introduced: 1/28/2008 Date of Last Action: 1/28/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill directs the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property, to the maximum extent possible, to purchase “Jersey Fresh,” “Jersey Grown,” and other agricultural food products and commodities grown or raised in New Jersey, for use by the various agencies and departments of the State government. (Last Update: 9/29/2008)

SB 1365

Sponsor: Oroho
Date Introduced: 2/26/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/26/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill states that any agency or department of State government, when entering into or renewing a contract for the purchase of agricultural products, preference shall whenever possible be given to “Jersey Fresh,” “Jersey Grown,” and other agricultural food products and commodities grown or raised in New Jersey. The companion to this bill is AB 2016.

(Last Update: 9/29/2008)

New Mexico

HB 164
Sponsor: King
Date Introduced: 1/16/2008 Date of Last Action: 1/23/2008 Status: Veto Sustained
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition |
Summary: This bill would appropriate $1,440,000 to the board of regents of New Mexico state university for expenditure in fiscal year 2009 and subsequent fiscal years for the New Mexico department of agriculture to purchase New Mexico-grown fresh fruits and vegetables and to administer a program ensuring that the fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered to school lunch programs statewide. (Last Update: 4/23/2008)

SB 207

Sponsor: Campos
Date Introduced: 1/16/2008 Date of Last Action: 1/17/2008 Status: Veto Sustained
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition |
Summary: This bill would appropriate $1,440,000 to the board of regents of New Mexico state university for expenditure in fiscal year 2009 and subsequent fiscal years for the New Mexico department of agriculture to purchase New Mexico-grown fresh fruits and vegetables and to administer a program ensuring that the fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered to school lunch programs statewide. The companion to this bill is HB 164. (Last Update: 4/23/2008)

SM 54

Sponsor: Campos
Date Introduced: 2/4/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/12/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This resolution encourages schools and their food service directors to put more emphasis on procuring local food. (Last Update: )

North Carolina

HB 2474
Sponsor: Hill
Date Introduced: 5/21/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/26/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would appropriate ($200,000) for the 2008-2009 fiscal year to be used as start-up funds for the purchase from farmers of local produce for the Farm to School Program, which funds are to be reimbursed to the Department by the schools following delivery of the produce to the schools. Same as SB 1973. (Last Update: 9/29/2008)

SB 1973

Sponsor: Swindell
Date Introduced: 5/27/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/28/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would appropriate ($200,000) for the 2008-2009 fiscal year to be used as start-up funds for the purchase from farmers of local produce for the Farm to School Program, which funds are to be reimbursed to the Department by the schools following delivery of the produce to the schools. Same as HB 2474. (Last Update: 9/29/2008)

Ohio

SB 288

Sponsor: Wilson
Date Introduced: 2/5/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/6/2008 Status: Active
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition |
Summary: This bill would create the healthy farms and healthy schools grant program to provide grants to educate kindergarten students and their families about the importance of choosing healthy, locally grown or produced foods and to increase awareness of agriculture in this state. The program shall be administered by the director of agriculture. Grants may be used to purchase agricultural products that are grown or produced in the state, training of teachers and other educational staff on nutrition education and agricultural education, and direct agricultural educational experiences that teach children about sources of food, nutrition, and agriculture in the state. The director of agriculture shall maintain a list of persons involved in agriculture in this state that have agreed to supply food products and other supplies for the purpose of assisting grant recipients in the educational process. The bill also creates in the state treasury the healthy farms and healthy schools grant fund. (Last Update: 9/29/2008)

Oklahoma

HB 2833 (Ok. Stat. 56-245)

Sponsor: Steele
Date Introduced: 2/4/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/23/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Farmers’ Market |
Summary: This bill would continue the “Oklahoma Food Security Act,” until December of 2012. The Food Security Committee will continue to meet and work on issues such as supporting community food security initiatives and encouraging food production on the local level, supporting efforts to provide farmers’ markets with the technology for accepting food stamps, encouraging the use of home and community gardens for food production, and supporting creative transportation methods for connecting at-risk populations with nutritious foods. (Last Update: 7/11/2008)

Oregon

HB 3601 (2008 Ore. Laws, Chap.# 21)

Sponsor: COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS, ETHICS AND RULES
Date Introduced: 2/4/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/20/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill requires the department of education to establish the Oregon Farm-to-School and School Garden Program. The programs would help schools utilize Oregon food products and produce from school gardens, promote food- and garden-based educational activities, and work with the state department of agriculture to develop farm-to-school related programs. (Last Update: 4/7/2008)

South Carolina

HB 4833
Sponsor: Cooper
Date Introduced: 3/11/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/29/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition |
Summary: This bill creates the South Carolina Farm to School Program within the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The program will conduct workshops, and technical assistance for school food services directors, personnel, farmers, and produce distributors and processors regarding the demand for and the availability of South Carolina farm products. The program must establish a South Carolina Farm to School Program web site on the home pages of the State Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Companion to this bill is SB 1231. (Last Update: 7/10/2008)

SB 1231

Sponsor: Verdin
Date Introduced: 3/26/2008 Date of Last Action: 3/26/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Nutrition |
Summary: This bill creates the South Carolina Farm to School Program within the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The program will conduct workshops, and technical assistance for school food services directors, personnel, farmers, and produce distributors and processors regarding the demand for and the availability of South Carolina farm products. The program must establish a South Carolina Farm to School Program web site on the home pages of the State Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Companion to this bill is HB 4833. (Last Update: 7/10/2008)

Tennessee

HB 2570

Sponsor: Curtiss
Date Introduced: 1/14/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/13/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill amends the Tennessee law giving preference to Tennessee agricultural products, if cost and quality are equal, to state that in-state bidders are given 2nd preference and products from within the United States should be given preference over foreign agricultural products. The bill also instructs the fiscal review committee to assess the effectiveness of the bidding preferences. The companion to this bill is SB2649. (Last Update: 7/10/2008)

HB 3158

Sponsor: Harrison
Date Introduced: 1/17/2008 Date of Last Action: 4/17/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would specify that each local school board’s plan for compliance with nutritional breakfast and lunch programs include specific provisions to encourage purchasing local agriculture. This would include setting preferences for the use of agriculture products from each local school board’s county or geographical region, as well as allowing flexible bidding processes to assist farmers to bid competitively on portions of a given nutrition plan, rather than an entire nutrition plan. The companion to this bill is SB 3341. (Last Update: 7/10/2008)

SB 2649

Sponsor: Ketron
Date Introduced: 1/14/2008 Date of Last Action: 1/16/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill amends the Tennessee law giving preference to Tennessee agricultural products, if cost and quality are equal, to state that in-state bidders are given 2nd preference and products from within the United States should be given preference over foreign agricultural products. The bill also instructs the fiscal review committee to assess the effectiveness of the bidding preferences. The companion to this bill is HB 2570. (Last Update: 7/10/2008)

SB 3341 ( 2008 Tenn. Public Acts, Chap. # 963)

Sponsor: Williams
Date Introduced: 1/17/2008 Date of Last Action: 5/19/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would specify that each local school board’s plan for compliance with nutritional breakfast and lunch programs include specific provisions to encourage purchasing local agriculture. This would include setting preferences for the use of agriculture products from each local school board’s county or geographical region, as well as allowing flexible bidding processes to assist farmers to bid competitively on portions of a given nutrition plan, rather than an entire nutrition plan. The companion to this bill is HB 3158. (Last Update: 6/3/2008)

Washington

HB 2709
Sponsor: Hurst
Date Introduced: 1/16/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/29/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School |
Summary: This bill would allow the board of directors of any school district to establish a percentage price preference of up to twenty-five percent for the purpose of increasing procurement of locally grown food. The bill has an exception for cases where a price prefernce would interfere with federal law or receiving federal dollars. (Last Update: 4/7/2008)

HB 2798

Sponsor: Pettigrew
Date Introduced: 1/16/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/15/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Farmers’ Market |
Summary: This bill would implement several initiatives with respect to local food production. 1. It would create a farm-to-school program in the department of agriculture to facilitate the purchase of Washington grown food by schools, by linking school districts and local producers, as well as integrating curricula and programs that demonstrate the benefits of local food. 2. Create the Washington grown fresh fruit and vegetable grant program in the office of the superintendent of public instruction to facilitate consumption of Washington grown nutritious snacks to improve student health and expand the market for locally grown fresh produce. 3. Requires revision of food procurement and food contract procedures to facilitate the purchase of Washington grown food by state agencies and institutions to the maximum extent practicable. A school district may develop and implement policies and procedures to facilitate and maximize purchases of Washington grown food. 4. School districts may operate school gardens or farms as appropriate for the purpose of growing fruits and vegetables to be used for educational purposes. 5. Create the Washington state farmers market technology improvement pilot program to lend technological hardware to farmers markets to assist farmers markets and Washington farmers develop the capability to accept electronic payment cards, including electronic benefits transfers. 6. Creates the farmers to food banks pilot program. The office of financial management shall work to develop measures for reporting on changes and trends in the purchasing of Washington grown food by state agencies, institutions of higher education, and schools. The companion to this bill is SB 6483. (Last Update: 4/7/2008)

SB 6483 (2008 Wash. Laws, Chap. #215)

Sponsor: Hatfield
Date Introduced: 1/17/2008 Date of Last Action: 2/19/2008 Status: Adopted/Law
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Farmers’ Market |
Summary: This bill would implement several initiatives with respect to local food production. 1. It would create a farm-to-school program in the department of agriculture to facilitate the purchase of Washington grown food by schools, by linking school districts and local producers, as well as integrating curricula and programs that demonstrate the benefits of local food. 2. Create the Washington grown fresh fruit and vegetable grant program in the office of the superintendent of public instruction to facilitate consumption of Washington grown nutritious snacks to improve student health and expand the market for locally grown fresh produce. 3. Requires revision of food procurement and food contract procedures to facilitate the purchase of Washington grown food by state agencies and institutions to the maximum extent practicable. A school district may develop and implement policies and procedures to facilitate and maximize purchases of Washington grown food. 4. School districts may operate school gardens or farms as appropriate for the purpose of growing fruits and vegetables to be used for educational purposes. 5. Create the Washington state farmers market technology improvement pilot program to lend technological hardware to farmers markets to assist farmers markets and Washington farmers develop the capability to accept electronic payment cards, including electronic benefits transfers. 6. Creates the farmers to food banks pilot program. The office of financial management shall work to develop measures for reporting on changes and trends in the purchasing of Washington grown food by state agencies, institutions of higher education, and schools. The companion to this bill is HB 2798. (Last Update: 4/7/2008)

SB 6956

Sponsor: Jacobsen
Date Introduced: 3/13/2008 Date of Last Action: 3/13/2008 Status: Inactive
Topics: | Agriculture/Local Foods | Direct Marketing | Farm-to-School | Farmers’ Market |
Summary: This bill would authorize Washington State University, to host a working conference to explore the opportunities and impediments to increasing local markets for locally produced food products and local agricultural producers. (Last Update: 4/7/2008)