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A05462 Summary:

BILL NOA05462B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01907-A
 
SPONSORKelles
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §16, Ag & Mkts L; amd §305, Ed L
 
Establishes a farm-to-school task force; directs the commissioner of education to develop a program to require all public schools to provide fresh foods to students in a manner that supports local agriculture and increases market opportunities for farmers from under-represented communities.
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A05462 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         5462--B
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 17, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. KELLES -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on   Agriculture   --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --  again
          reported  from  said  committee  with amendments, ordered reprinted as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation  to  estab-
          lishing  a  farm-to-school task force; and to amend the education law,
          in relation to requiring all public schools to provide fresh foods  to
          students  in  a  manner  that supports local agriculture and increases
          market opportunities for farmers from under-represented communities
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  5-b  of  section  16  of the agriculture and
     2  markets law is amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
     3    (d) Establish a task force to study and make recommendations on how to
     4  provide fresh foods in all school districts in the state, while support-
     5  ing New York local agriculture, and increasing market opportunities  for
     6  farmers from under-represented communities, including but not limited to
     7  farmers  who are black, indigenous, and people of color. Such task force
     8  shall be composed of nine members who shall possess expertise in  issues
     9  relating  to  the work of the task force. Two members shall be appointed
    10  by the governor, two members shall be appointed by the  speaker  of  the
    11  assembly,  two  members shall be appointed by the temporary president of
    12  the senate, one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of  the
    13  assembly,  one  member  shall be appointed by the minority leader of the
    14  senate and one member shall be the commissioner or his or her  designee.
    15  The  commissioner  or  his or her designee shall serve as chairperson of
    16  the task force.  Members of the task force shall be appointed  no  later
    17  than one hundred twenty days after the effective date of this paragraph.
    18  Vacancies shall be filled within thirty days in the same manner provided
    19  for  original  appointments.  No  later  than one year after all initial
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02315-08-1

        A. 5462--B                          2
 
     1  appointments have been made the task force shall make a  report  to  the
     2  governor, the legislature and the commissioner of education of its find-
     3  ings, conclusions and recommendations.
     4    §  2.  Subdivision 31 of section 305 of the education law, as added by
     5  chapter 2 of the laws of 2001, is amended to read as follows:
     6    31. The commissioner shall cooperate with the commissioner of agricul-
     7  ture and markets in establishing a farm-to-school program and coordinat-
     8  ing New York Harvest For New York Kids Week as described in  subdivision
     9  five-b  of  section  sixteen  of  the  agriculture  and markets law. The
    10  commissioner's responsibilities shall include, but not  be  limited  to,
    11  developing a program based on the findings of the task force established
    12  pursuant  to  paragraph  (d) of subdivision five-b of section sixteen of
    13  the agriculture and markets law, to require all school districts in  the
    14  state  to  provide fresh foods to students in a manner that supports New
    15  York local agriculture while increasing market opportunities for farmers
    16  from  under-represented  communities,  compiling  information  for   the
    17  department  of  agriculture  and markets from school districts and other
    18  educational institutions under the department's jurisdiction  interested
    19  in  purchasing  New  York  farm  products  and  disseminating  to  those
    20  districts and institutions information from the department  of  agricul-
    21  ture  and  markets about the availability of New York farm products, and
    22  contact information for farmers  and  other  businesses  marketing  such
    23  products.  The  commissioner  shall  report to the legislature about the
    24  need for changes in law to facilitate the purchase of such  products  by
    25  schools and other institutions.
    26    §  3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
    27  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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