Farmers markets in West Virginia moved a step closer on Monday to a standardized permit system that growers and vendors say would improve the industry and help keep produce prices low for shoppers.
The Senate Agriculture Committee passed SB 304 out of committee with recommendation for it to pass on the full floor. The Committee made one amendment to the bill, changing the permit to an annual $15/year permit (it was previously written as $25 for every two years).
SB 304 now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is one of the largest committees in the Senate and many bills must move through this committee to get to the floor for a vote. There are more than 150 other bills pending in Senate Judiciary at this moment.
Are you supportive of farmers markets and want to see this bill move forward? Contact Senator Charlie Trump, Judiciary Chairman (304-357-7980), and let him know that you want this bill put on his agenda. You can also contact Delegate Allen Evans, House Agriculture Committee Chairman (304-340-3399), and ask him to put HB 2467 (the House version of SB 304) on his committee agenda.
The faster this moves on both sides, the better for our state’s farmers markets.
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