UPDATE ON HB1785 Del. Matt Fariss(59th)
Its not over yet…
The bill was reported from the House Ag Sub Com #1 with changes. The vote was Yea-5 Nay-3.
It is a very complicated bill.
Will be heard by full Agriculture committee TOMORROW
Wed 16 Jan, 2019. 9am. House Room 3.
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee Membership
Please call them and ask them to support Del Matt Fariss HB1785, a bill for economic opportunities and food options in Virginia.
Better yet, come to Richmond!
Follow link for information on directions, parking, etc
House Agriculture Committee
Delegate District Phone
Marshall, Daniel W., III (Chair) 14th 804 698 1014
Poindexter, Charles D. (Vice Chair) 9th 804 698 1009
Ware, R. Lee 65th 804 698 1065
Wright, Thomas C., Jr. 61st 804 698 1061
Orrock, Robert D., Sr. 54th 804 698 1054
Knight, Barry D. 81st 804 698 1081
Edmunds, James E., II 60th 804 698 1060
Wilt, Tony O. 26th 804 698 1026
Morefield, James W. (Will) 3rd 804 698 1003
Ransone, Margaret B. 99th 804 698 1099
Fariss, C. Matthew 59th 804 698 1059
Bloxom, Robert S., Jr. 100th 804 698 1000
Plum, Kenneth R. 36th 804 698 1036
Bulova, David L. 37th 804 698 1037
James, Matthew 80th 804 698 1080
Keam, Mark L. 35th 804 698 1035
Lopez, Alfonso H. 49th 804 698 1049
Sullivan, Richard C. (Rip), Jr. 48th 804 698 1048
Adams, Dawn M. 68th 804 698 1068
Gooditis, Gwendolyn W. 10th 804 698 1010
Rodman, Debra H. 73rd 804 698 1073
Herring, Charniele L. 46th 804 698 1046
This language below was amended yesterday, but here is what it would have looked like..
If delegates don’t get the calls especially from CONSTITUENTS they are less likely to support a bill. So please share the link to this page with anyone you know who loves good homemade food and would like to be able to buy it from their neighbors
Call 434 260 4701 for more information.
Please call the members of the House of Delegates Sub Committee #1 listed below, especially if you live in one of these areas, or know someone who does.
Please ask your Delegate or Senator at the General Assembly in Richmond to sign on to be a Co Patron for HB1785 and/or to support this bill if it should come before them for a vote.
To find your elected officials go to https://www.virginia.gov/services/whos-my-legislator/ You can just leave a message with your name and address and asking them to support HB1785. It can be that simple!
|District||Cities/ Counties||Delegate||General Assembly Ph#||E mail|
|3rd||Bland, Buchanan, and Tazewell;Part of Russell.||James W. “Will” Morefield||804 698 1003||DelJMorefield@house.virginia.gov|
|9th||Patrick; Part of Franklin County and Henry.||Charles Poindexter||804 698 1009||DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov|
|14th||Danville; Part of Henry and Pittsylvania||Danny Marshall, III||804 698 1014||DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov|
|35th||Part of Fairfax County||Mark Keam||804 698 1035||DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov|
|54th||Part of Caroline and Spotsylvania||Robert “Bobby” Orrock, Sr.||804 698 1054||DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov|
|73rd||Part of Henrico||Debra H. Rodman||804 698 1073||DelDRodman@house.virginia.gov|
|80th||Part of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth||Matthew James||804 698 1080||DelMJames@house.virginia.gov|
|81st||Part of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake||Barry D. Knight||804 698 1081||DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov|
|100th||Accomack,and Northampton; Part of Norfolk and Virginia Beach||Robert S. Bloxom||804 698 1000||DelRBloxom@house.virginia.gov|
Update 1/12/19: There is an “AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE”, meaning we have changed and improved on the original language, but you can use the link below to read the original House Bill 1785:
FYI: Why is HB 1785 necessary???
VICFA has made progress over the years to increase the range of foods people are allowed to make in their homes and sell directly to their neighbors without having to open their homes to state inspections.
However, there are still too many restrictions on direct sales, so VICFA this year is seeking to get Section 3.2-5130 of the Code of Virginia amended by a bill that would:
1) Increase the $3000 sales limit on pickle sales to $4000. Since home-made pickle sales were made legal in 2013 there have been no issues. Opponents labelled pickles as “potentially hazardous”, and the cost of living as well as ingredients has gone up, so we feel the limit should be raised.
2) Allow the sale of a wider variety of baked goods, not just those that do not require “time and temperature control after preparation”. This concession had to be made for the original “kitchen bill” to pass.
The amended HB1785 would allow baked goods such as macaroni cheese pie, quiche, pumpkin pie, plus chicken pot pies and other poultry products.
3) Add homemade yogurt to the list of products exempt from state inspection. Yogurt is a nutritionally dense food that enhances the variety of beneficial bacteria in the gut and hence, the immune system. There is not one case of sickness from homemade yogurt in the USA on the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/multistate-outbreaks/outbreaks-list.html
Release Date: 1/6/19
From: Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association.
Contact: Anne Buteau 434 260 4701
Richmond—A bill to extend entrepreneurial food craft opportunities to both consumers and farmers has been introduced in the General Assembly by Delegate Matt Fariss. HB 1785 is dubbed “Campaign for Real Food” and would allow more foods generated in home kitchens to be legally sold to neighbors.
Many government food regulations inhibit innovation in the marketplace and limit choice to consumers. Fariss believes local food opportunities and economies should increase rather than being held back by regulations designed for opaque, large-scale industrial food producers and processors.
Following cottage food laws and food sovereignty laws proliferating around the U.S., this bill extends liberties secured in 2008 and 2013 by the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA) and other freedom-oriented interests, to push back against unnecessary and inappropriate regulatory licenses that restrict local food options.
“Refusing to appreciate the difference between a 500-employees 24/7/365 export-oriented processing facility and a neighbor’s homemade food craft is unnecessarily prohibitive to choice, innovation, and opportunity. Farmers and food shoppers need relief from these onerous and limiting regulations,” said Joel Salatin, Virginia farmer and long-time member of VICFA.
HB 1785 specifically addresses relief for Virginians wishing to make and sell homemade yogurt, plus family favorites such as macaroni cheese pie, chicken pot pie, quiches and other baked goods containing cheese or poultry, as well as casseroles, pumpkin pies, baked cheesecakes, and other baked desserts. These nutrient dense homemade foods are regularly shared at community pot luck suppers, yet you cannot give them to your neighbor and accept money in exchange.
For more information contact VICFA at 434 260 4701