Raw milk bill gets a Senate committee hearing!

 

The raw milk bill, HB 91, has been scheduled for a Senate Committee hearing on Monday morning!  Time is running out fast to get the bill passed by the Senate, so we need help one last time to get this important bill passed.

TAKE ACTION #1: Come to the hearing

Start your Memorial Day with a short trip to the Capitol.  If you can stay to watch the hearing, great.  But even if you can only come for a few minutes to register in support, that helps a lot!

COMMITTEE:    Intergovernmental RelationsCitizen Lobby Day 2013
TIME & DATE:  8:30 AM, Monday, May 25, 2015
PLACE:        E1.028

Enter the main Capitol building, take the elevators down to floor E1, and walk all the way down the main hallway until just past the second rotunda.  Room E1.028 is on your right.  Look for the stack of 1/2 page cards on a table ; if they’re out, ask the clerk.  Fill out the card, sign it, and hand it back to the clerk.  Then either grab a seat to watch or head out.…

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Calls needed to support the raw milk bill!

 

May 25, 2015: The raw milk bill, HB 91, passed the Texas House with a strong bipartisan vote.  But time is running out for it to pass the Senate — if it is not voted on by Wednesday at midnight, it will die.

We need your help to keep HB 91 moving, so that Texans can buy raw milk at farmers’ markets and through home delivery!

TAKE ACTION #1

Call or email your State Senator to urge him or her to support HB 91.  You can find out who your State Senator is by going to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us  or calling the Texas Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630.

The message is simple:

Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent.  I am calling to urge Senator ______ to support  HB 91, the raw milk bill.

Feel free to add a few sentences about why this issue is important to you, or borrow from the talking points at the end of the alert.  Just remember that the staff are working long hours right now — so you want to keep your message short, clear, and polite. 

TAKE ACTION #2

Call Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and urge him to move HB 91 forward as quickly as possible.  The phone number is 512-463-0001.…

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Good news for raw milk and small farmers from the Texas legislature!

 

May 11, 2015: Four good local food bills have passed the House of Representatives!  We have just a few weeks to get them through the Senate in order to become law:

  • HB 91, which would expand legal access to raw milk by allowing licensed farmers to sell at farmers’ markets and make delivery arrangements with consumers
  • HB 1900, which would provide fair property tax treatment for small farmers, vegetables farmers, and diversified farms
  • HB 262, which would limit liability for landowners who allow their property to be used for community gardens, increasing access to land
  • HB 1846, which would require transparency in the state’s implementation of new federal food safety regulations

At the same time, the massive water marketing bill that we oppose has also passed the House and is moving through the Senate, where we will continue to fight to stop it.

Thank you to everyone who has already taken action!  Your voice truly does make a difference, and we’ve come a long way already.  Will you help us keep fighting for our farmers and our food system in this final month of the session?…

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Raw milk bill scheduled for a vote by the Texas House of Representatives

FSMA Intentional Adulteration: Small Dairy Farms Not At Risk

The raw milk bill, HB 91, has been scheduled for a vote this Thursday, May 7!  This is the first time the Texas House of Representatives will debate the issue of raw milk.    This is going to be a tough fight, and we need everyone to speak up.  Even if you have called before, please take a minute to make a call now to support expanding legal access to raw milk in Texas!

TAKE ACTION

Call or email your State Representative to urge him or her to vote YES on HB 91

You can find out who your State Representative is by going to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us  or calling the Texas Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630.

If you call after hours, you can simply leave a message: “Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent.  I am calling to urge Representative ______ to vote YES on HB 91, the raw milk bill, when it comes to the floor this Thursday.”

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HB 91, Raw Milk

Download our fact sheet here

HB 91 by Representative Dan Flynn would legalize the sale of raw milk by licensed farmers directly to consumers at farmers markets, and allow farmers and consumers to agree to delivery arrangements.…

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Want better access to raw milk in Texas?

 

Texans can legally buy farm-fresh, raw milk from licensed Texas dairies. But the regulations require consumers to drive to the farm — which may be 2 or 3 hours away — to get it.

The current law burdens consumers, and it penalizes family farmers who are unfairly prevented from marketing their milk.  HB 91 would fix that, by allowing the sale of raw milk by licensed farmers at farmers’ markets and through delivery.

Please help us pass HB 91 this session to make it easier for farmers to market and consumers to access raw milk!

 

TAKE ACTION

The legislators need to hear from YOU!  The chance of HB 91 passing this session depends heavily on the voice of passionate consumers. It only takes a few minutes to contact your legislator, and it really does make a difference. Here are some helpful steps:

 

1.     Find out who your legislators are.

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Texas Local Food Bills 2013

 

Local foods was a hot topic at the 83rd Texas Legislature!  FARFA worked on several bills to support local farmers and remove some of the barriers for local food systems.   These common-sense bills address the needs of the local foods movement, where local farmers and food producers sell their products directly to consumers in transparent transactions. Helping the local food movement helps small local businesses and our economy.

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Action Alert: Texas Local Foods Bills Go to the Senate

Three local foods bills have been approved by the Texas House and will be considered by the Texas Senate.  Two of them – the “cottage foods” bill (HB 970) and the DSHS “better communications” bill (HB 1392) – will be heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee next Tuesday, May 14.  Check out the Take Action section below to see how you can help keep these important bills moving forward.

We also have the report about the bills that did not make it in the More Information section at the end.

The cottage foods bill, HB 970, would allow small-scale producers who make low-risk foods at home to sell directly to consumers at farm stands, farmers’ markets, and community events, in addition to selling directly from their homes. Cottage food producers would not be regulated by the health departments, although they would have to get a food handlers’ license (which can be acquired through a 2-hour online course).…

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Action Alert (Texas) – Local foods bills on the move!

Three of our local foods bills are moving forward in the Texas House of Representatives!

The cottage foods bill, HB 970, passed it first vote on Saturday!   Two more bills — the DSHS Better Communications Bill and the farmers’ market sampling & cooking demonstration bill — are scheduled for a vote this week.  All of these bills help our local farmers and food producers get their products to market.

These bills need your support to keep moving, all the way through the Senate and to the Governor!

Unfortunately, the raw milk bill and three more local foods are still stuck in the House Calendars Committee.  If they are not put on the schedule by tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7, then they will die without ever being voted on.  We were told that the raw milk bill would be voted on, but it is not yet scheduled — so our focus in the last push is to get a vote for raw milk!…

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Action Alert (Texas): Cottage foods bill goes to a vote, but other bills still need help

 

The cottage foods bill is scheduled for a vote! We need calls to support it – and emails to get the other bills moving.

Your phone calls and emails to Calendars Committee succeeded in getting HB 970, the cottage foods bill, scheduled for a House vote on Saturday, May 4!

The cottage foods bill, HB 970, would allow people to make low-risk foods at home and sell them to consumers at their homes, farm stands, farmers markets, and community events. Cottage food producers would not be regulated by the health departments, although they would have to get a food handlers’ license (which you can get through a 2-hour online course).

Please call your Representative today to urge him/her to vote YES on HB 970, the cottage foods bill!

While this is excellent news, our other six local foods bills are still stuck in Calendars. The last day for the House to vote on House bills is next Thursday.…

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Update (Texas): Raw Milk and Cottage Food Bills in Calendars Committee

Both the raw milk bill and the cottage foods bills have been approved by the TexasHouse Public Health Committee. Now on to Calendars! We’ll have an update with all the details soon. Thank you to everyone who has called, written, or come to the Capitol over the last couple of months — your efforts are making a difference!

Below are links to the amended versions of the bills:

CS HB 46 (raw milk bill)

CS HB 970 (cottage foods bill)

 

 

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