February 16, 2017
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The House of Representatives is set to consider bills Tuesday to improve the Farm-to-School program and clarify language related to the permitting and regulation of livestock markets.
HB 53, sponsored by Rep. Elaine Beech, D-Chatom, specifies federal funds for school nutrition may be used to purchase products from Alabama farms and exempts those purchases from the competitive bid process. The legislation aligns Alabama’s program with federal law.
HB 84, sponsored by Rep. David Sessions, R-Grand Bay, makes technical changes to laws related to livestock markets and repeals duplicative language related to the weighing of livestock. The legislation merges permitting requirements and clarifies the authority of the Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries over livestock markets. A companion bill, SB 115, in sponsored by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.
Both bills previously passed the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee and are supported by the Federation.