OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 804 (as amended by Senate "A" and House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING A PREFERENCE FOR CONNECTICUT GROWN PROTEIN IN CERTAIN STATE CONTRACTS.

SUMMARY:

By law, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner must generally purchase or contract for all supplies and materials needed by state agencies. This bill requires him to give preference to beef, pork, lamb, and farm-raised fish raised or produced in Connecticut if these compare in cost to those grown or produced outside the state when he is purchasing or contracting for such products. The law already requires him to give preference to Connecticut-grown or produced dairy products, poultry, eggs, fruits, and vegetables.

The bill also requires the Department of Agriculture (DoAG) commissioner, upon request of any farmers' market, to include the market (1) on any list of farmers' markets that appears on DoAG's website and (2) in any promotional material about farmers' markets that DoAG publishes or distributes.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the farmers' market provision.

*House Amendment “A” specifies the fish the DAS commissioner must give preference to in certain state contracts is farm-raised fish.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/04/2013)

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

14

Nay

0

(03/27/2013)