Texas Legislative Session Bill Tracking

Check out what’s happening with local farms and food at the Texas Legislature during the 2019 legislative session! Stay tuned on the latest developments by signing up for our action alerts, and be sure to call your legislators to tell them which bills matter to you!

Download more information on our priority bills by clicking on the “Fact Sheet” links below.

(Updated 5/8/2019)

FARFA’s Priority Bills That Are Moving This Session

  1. Expanding cottage foods: HB 2108/ SB 572 would expand opportunities for home-based food businesses, from farmers canning their excess produce to artisan food producers. Fact sheet on SB 572. SB 572 was unanimously approved by the Senate, but has stalled in the House Public Health Committee.  A narrower, but still very good, bill, HB 644, was approved by the House and is expected to be heard by the Senate Public Health Committee on May 14. As passed by the House, HB 644  would add pickles, acidified canned foods, and any non-potentially hazardous food to the list of allowed foods, and allow sales at any location so long as direct-to-consumer.

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