- The Fair Taxes for Small Farmers bill, HB 97, passed the House, 140-2, and has now moved on to the Senate for debate.
- The smaller, but still good, cottage foods bill, HB 644, has also passed the House and has moved to the Senate.
We then have two more actions:
- If you live in the district of one of the Senate Property Tax Committee members, making an extra effort to call them to support the Fair Taxes bill specifically–and then to spread the word to all your friends and family in the district.
- Calling the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee to urge him to bring the ungraded eggs bill to a vote (no matter where you live in the state).
You can read more about these bills and the many others we are working (either to support or stop) on our bill tracking page. The page includes links to fact sheets on each bill, providing you with all the details.
Action Item #1: Call your legislators and urge them to support all the local food bills
- SB 572, to expand the cottage food law;
- SB 1805, to allow the sale of ungraded eggs by farmers to restaurants, and
- SB 932, to cap the permit fees that are imposed on farmers and farmers’ market vendors.
Add a sentence or two about why local farms & food are important to you, whether it’s about one of the bills in particular or the whole community in general.
Sample message for calling your State Senator:
- HB 97, to provide for fair, consistent property tax treatment for small farmers;
- HB 644, to expand the cottage food law;
- HB 1694, to stop expensive permits for sampling at farmers’ markets; and
- HB 2107, to require local health departments to give straight answers to farmers and local food producers.
Action Item #2: Focus on the Senate Property Tax Committee
Action Item #3: Call Chairman Springer
Action Item #4: GIVE