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H.46

Introduced by   Representatives Jewett of Ripton, Clarkson of Woodstock, Edwards of Brattleboro, Jerman of Essex, Malcolm of Pawlet, Potter of Clarendon and Stevens of Shoreham

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Executive branch; contracts; 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.  A 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 the rural farm economy.

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

When purchasing agricultural products, the secretary of administration, the secretary of buildings and general services and any state-funded institutions shall, 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, 2009, 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.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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