The good, the bad, and the unknown

With one week left in the Texas legislative session, there is a lot of both good and bad news–and many things still up in the air. We have a pretty long update for you, followed by several important action items. If you’re short on time, please skip down right now to the action items–we need your help in these final days!

Starting with the good news:

  • The bill to cap permit fees for farmers & farmers’ market vendors has passed both the House and the Senate! SB 932 would limit the fees that local health departments can charge farmers and others selling at farmers’ markets to $100 per year total, per jurisdiction. It now goes to the Governor. If signed, it will go into effect on September 1.
  • The bill to require local health departments to respond to inquiries by farmers and food businesses about what they need to do to operate legally has also passed the House and the Senate!

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