|Virginia Legislative Updates
HB2302: Farmers Markets Essential
Wednesday, Dr. Kim Hutchinson, VAFMA’s Executive Director, gave testimony to the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee in support of HB2302 deeming farmers market food and beverage products and sales essential during a state of emergency. The bill was reported –15-6 in favor of the bill.
Next, the bill will head to the House floor for full vote and passage. If successful before Friday (Crossover), the bill will then head to the Senate. Once in the Senate, we will continue advocating for the successful passage of the bill.
You can continue to track the progression of the legislation via this link.
Please reach out to your local delegates in support of HB2302. Find your delegate here.
HB2065: Produce RX Bill
VAFMA Board President Hugo Mogollon and Executive Director Dr. Kim Hutchinson presented in support of the original version of this bill. It directed the Department of Social Services to establish a Produce Rx Program to incentivize consumption of qualifying fruits and vegetables by eligible individuals for whom increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is recommended by a qualified care provider.
A House Bill Substitute passed the House Appropriations committee 22-0 Monday. The new version of the bill requires the Department of Social Services to convene a workgroup to develop the framework for the Produce Rx program and report to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations by October 1st.
Next, the bill will head to the House floor for a full vote and passage. If successful before Friday (Crossover), the bill will then head to the Senate. Once in the Senate, we will continue advocating for the successful passage of the bill.