Requires school districts to purchase food products that are grown, produced, harvested or processed in New York state; allows waiver if price of such local food products is not reasonably competitive; allows waiver if such food products are not available in sufficient quantity.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the purchase of local food products by school districts
PURPOSE: The purpose is to promote and support the sale of agricultural products grown and food products processed within New York State by requiring that school districts give preference to products grown, produced, or harvested in New York.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Subdivision 9 of section 103 of the general municipal law to require that school districts, when purchasing food products, give preference to products grown, produced or harvested in New York State. It further requires that preference be given to foods processed in facilities located in New York.
The purchasing requirement shall be waived if the cost of the food product is not reasonably competitive or does not exceed a cost premium of ten percent above the cost of comparable out-of-state products. An exception to the purchasing requirement is also given if food products are not available in sufficient quantity for purchasing.
JUSTIFICATION: New York growers and food manufacturers are proud to provide a rich and diverse array of quality products such as locally grown produce, syrups and sauces, cheese, honey, meats, pasta and baked goods - fresh and processed products that never go out of season.
The New York State Pride of New York program was developed to promote and support the sale of agricultural products grown and food products processed within New York State. The Program's growing membership now includes farmers and processors, retailers, distributors, restaurants and related culinary and support associations all working together to bring you wholesome, quality Hew York State products.
In keeping with USDA standards for healthy eating, school districts throughout the State are being challenged to identify new and cost effective ways to provide students with the nutrition they need to lead healthy lives. By requiring schools to procure locally or within the state, they will be accomplishing two important and necessary tasks: (1) helping to ensure that young people have well-balanced, healthy diets with access to farm-fresh produce and (2) contributing to the local and statewide economy thereby supporting New York's number one industry, which is agriculture.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-2012: S.4924-A - Died in Committee; 2013: Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to the academic school year commencing on or after July 1, 2014.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1427--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MONTGOMERY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- recommitted to the Committee on Local Government in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the purchase of local food products by school districts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 9 of section 103 of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 269 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: 9. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section to the contrary, a board of education
[may]SHALL, on behalf of its school district, [separately purchase eggs, livestock, fish, dairy products (excluding milk), juice, grains, and species of fresh fruit and vegeta- bles directly from New York State producers or growers, or associations of producers and growers]REQUIRE THAT ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF ALL FOOD PRODUCTS PURCHASED ARE GROWN, PRODUCED OR HARVESTED IN NEW YORK STATE OR THAT ANY PROCESSING OF SUCH FOOD PRODUCTS TAKE PLACE IN FACILITIES LOCATED WITHIN NEW YORK STATE, provided that: (a) [such]AN association of producers or growers THAT PRODUCES OR GROWS EGGS, LIVESTOCK, FISH, DAIRY PRODUCTS (EXCLUDING MILK), JUICE, GRAINS, AND SPECIES OF FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, is comprised of ten or fewer owners of farms who also operate such farms and who have combined to fill the order of a school district as herein authorized, provided however, that a school district may apply to the commissioner of education for permission to purchase from an association of more than ten owners of such farms when no other producers or growers have offered to sell to such school;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02465-02-4 S. 1427--A 2
[the amount that may be expended by a school district in any fiscal year for such purchases shall not exceed an amount equal to twen- ty cents multiplied by the total number of days in the school year multiplied by the total enrollment of such school district; (c)]UPON DETERMINATION BY A BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT THE COST OF SUCH FOOD PRODUCTS IS NOT REASONABLY COMPETITIVE, THE SPECIFICATIONS REQUIR- ING SUCH PURCHASE SHALL BE WAIVED FOR THAT SPECIFIC FOOD PRODUCT UNTIL THE NEXT CONTRACT FOR SUCH FOOD PRODUCT IS LET OUT FOR BID. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION "REASONABLY COMPETITIVE" SHALL MEAN THAT THE COST OF THE NEW YORK STATE GROWN, PRODUCED, HARVESTED OR PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCT DOES NOT EXCEED A COST PREMIUM OF TEN PERCENT ABOVE THE COST OF A COMPA- RABLE PRODUCT THAT IS NOT GROWN, PRODUCED, HARVESTED OR PROCESSED IN NEW YORK STATE. (C) UPON DETERMINATION BY A BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT SUCH FOOD PRODUCTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN SUFFICIENT QUANTITY FOR PURCHASING, THE SPECIFICA- TIONS REQUIRING SUCH PURCHASE SHALL BE WAIVED FOR THAT SPECIFIC FOOD PRODUCT UNTIL THE NEXT CONTRACT FOR SUCH FOOD PRODUCT IS LET OUT FOR BID. (D) all such purchases shall be administered pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner of education. Such regulations shall: be developed in consultation with the commissioner of agriculture and markets to accommodate and promote the provisions of the farm-to-school program established pursuant to subdivision five-b of [the]section sixteen of the agriculture and markets law and subdivision thirty-one of section three hundred five of the education law as added by chapter two of the laws of two thousand [two]ONE; ensure that the prices paid by a district for any items so purchased do not exceed the prices of compara- ble local farm products that are available to districts through their usual purchases of such items; ensure that all producers and growers who desire to sell to school districts can readily access information in accordance with the farm-to-school law; include provisions for situ- ations when more than one producer or grower seeks to sell the same product to a district to ensure that all such producers or growers have an equitable opportunity to do so in a manner similar to the usual purchasing practices of such districts; develop guidelines for approval of purchases of items from associations of more than ten growers and producers; and, to the maximum extent practicable, minimize additional paperwork, recordkeeping and other similar requirements on both growers and producers and school districts. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to the academic school year commencing on or after July 1, 2014; provided that, effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- tive date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.