OLR Bill Analysis

SB 106 (File 7, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF "CONNECTICUT GROWN" PRODUCTS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires anyone who sells a Connecticut-grown farm product through the Connecticut farm-to-school program (see BACKGROUND) to offer proof to the school district, school, or educational institution buying the product that it was produced in Connecticut. The proof must, at a minimum, include the name of the person or business that produced the product and the name and address of the farm where it was produced. The bill does not specify a penalty for failing to disclose this information.

The bill also allows the agriculture commissioner to designate one or more suitable shellfish parcels for use by one or more nonprofit education or conservation organizations to develop an aquaculture site for an environmental education curriculum. A parcel cannot be (1) designated to or shared with another person or entity and (2) more than one-half acre in total area.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the shellfish parcel provisions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018, except the shellfish parcel provisions are effective upon passage.

BACKGROUND

Connecticut Farm-to-School Program

The Connecticut farm-to-school program encourages the use of Connecticut-grown farm products in school cafeterias. State law requires the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the state Department of Education (SDE), to administer the program in a way that promotes and facilitates the sale of Connecticut-grown farm products by farms to school districts, individual schools, and other educational institutions under SDE's jurisdiction (CGS 22-38d).

Related Bill

sHB 5359 (File 248), reported favorably by the Environment Committee, contains similar shellfish parcel provisions.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

30

Nay

0

(02/28/2018)