Introduced by Representatives Randall of Troy, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clarkson of Woodstock, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dowland of Holland, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Hosford of Waitsfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kiss of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Maier of Middlebury, Marcotte of Coventry, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, Niquette of Colchester, Nuovo of Middlebury, Otterman of Topsham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Reese of Pomfret, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Trombley of Grand Isle, Winters of Williamstown and Zuckerman of Burlington
Subject: Executive branch; contract; Vermont products
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to direct state agencies and institutions to procure Vermont farm and food products whenever available at a cost of no more than eight percent above like products produced outside the state. The product must be produced and processed in Vermont to qualify under this bill as a “Vermont product.” The economic costs and benefits shall be analyzed two years after the implementation of this bill and reported to the general assembly. The report shall contain information regarding this program’s impact on the state budget and rural farm economies.
AN ACT RELATING TO DIRECTING STATE AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS TO PROCURE VERMONT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec.1. 6 V.S.A. § 4601 is amended to read:
§ 4601. VERMONT PRODUCTS
purchasing agricultural products, the secretary of administration, the
secretary of buildings and general services and any state-funded institutions
, other considerations being equal, purchase products grown or produced
in Vermont when available at no more than eight percent above the cost of
like products produced outside the state and when they meet quality
standards established by the secretary of agriculture, food and markets.
Sec. 2. REPORTS
By January 15, 2007, the secretary of administration shall report to the general assembly on the impact of the purchasing requirement set forth in 6 V.S.A. § 4601 on the economy of Vermont, including the impact on state spending and the rural farm economy.
The Vermont General Assembly
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