|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Randall of Troy, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jewett of Ripton, McCullough of Williston, Pearson of Burlington and Stevens of Shoreham
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 products must be produced and processed in Vermont to qualify under this bill as “Vermont products.” 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 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. REPORT
By January 15, 2008, 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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