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Food and Farm Legislation

Updated March 12, 2012

This bill passed into law during the 2012 session:

 

"Including community beautification and reclamation programs in authorized community corrections programs," Senate Bill No. 517

Summary: Creating the Community Gardens Work Release Act of 2012; establishing a community gardens work release program.

Sponsors: Karen Facemyer (Lead), John Unger

Status: Introduced to Senate February 6, 2012, passed the Senate February 29. Passed House Judiciary and House Finance, and passed the House on March 10. It's now completed legislation awaiting Governor's signature.

Contacts for Comment: House Finance, find Delegates' contact info here

 


These bills did not pass into law during the 2012 session:

 

Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 33
"Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study public school health, nutrition and wellness programs"
Summary: Requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study of multiple topics all related to health, nutrition and wellness programs in public schools, including fitness requirements, nutrition in school meals and the inclusion of West Virginia food products in school meals. Would look at the example of Cabell County Schools' "innovative" approach to school meals.
Sponsors: Erik Wells (Lead), Robert Plymale, Robert Beach, D. Richard Browning, Larry Edgell, Dan Foster, William Laird, Ron Stollings, Clark Barnes, Donna Boley
Status: Started in Senate Education Committee February 10, 2012. Adopted by the Senate (voice vote) on February 28, sent to House Rules.
Contacts for Comment: Rules Committee, find Delegates' contact info here

 

Agriculture

1.) “Creating Transition Program for Tobacco Farmers,” Senate Bill No. 148
Summary: Designate $5 million from the Tobacco Settlement Fund, to create the Transition Program for Tobacco Farmers’ Fund and the Transition Program for Tobacco Farmers. The program is to assist tobacco farmers to transition to growing other crops or starting other agricultural endeavors.
Sponsors: Senators Karen Facemyer (Lead) and Bob Williams
Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Agriculture

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Agriculture, find Senators' contact info here

 

2.) “Requiring county commissions to adopt and implement county farmland protection programs,” House Bill No. 2027

Summary: Requires all counties to adopt and implement a farmland protection program, administered by a farmland protection board which the county commission appoints. (Amends an existing bill, which simply allowed counties to run farmland protection programs if they chose.)

Sponsors: Mike Manypenny (Lead), Barbara Fleischauer, John Frazier

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Government Organization

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Goverment Organization, find Delegates' contact info here

 

 

3.) “Creating the "Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act," House Bill No. 2178

Summary: Prohibits food from being sold in West Virginia if it contains a genetically engineered material, or was produced with a genetically engineered material, unless it is labeled.

Sponsors: Mike Manypenny (Lead), Nancy Guthrie

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Agriculture

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Agriculture, find Delegates' contact info here

 

4.) “Creating the ‘Genetically Engineered Crop and Animal Farmer Protection Act,’" House Bill No. 2180
Summary: Protects farmers from many possible damages that genetically engineered crops and animals could cause.
Sponsors: Mike Manypenny (Lead), Nancy Guthrie
Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Agriculture
Contacts for Comment:
Committee on Agriculture, find Delegates' contact info here

5.)“Providing for aged or disabled farmers to continue to receive the benefit of having their farm land appraised as farm property after they cease farming,” House Bill No. 2683

Summary: Allows for farmers’ property to continue to be appraised for tax purposes as farm property, even if age or disability prevent them from farming, as long as the farmer has farmed the property for the last 10 of 15 years.

Sponsors: Allen Evans (Lead), Ruth Rowan, Ray Canterbury, Margaret Staggers, John Doyle, Tom Azinger

Status: Introduced January 19, 2012, still in Finance

Contacts for comment: Committee on Finance, find Delegates' contact info here

 

6.) "Creating Captive Cervid Farming Act," Senate Bill No. 421
Summary: To promote this state’s agricultural economy, to preserve family farming opportunities, to encourage agricultural uses of the natural topography of the state’s rural lands and to foster job retention and job creation in the state’s rural areas, by providing for comprehensive regulation in the public interest of captive cervid farming as a viable agricultural business.
Sponsors: Senators Williams (Lead), Sypolt, McCabe, Beach, K. Facemyer, Boley, D. Facemire, Helmick, Miller, Tucker, Laird, Nohe, Green, Barnes, Plymale
Status: Started in Senate Agriculture, sent to House Judiciary February 29, 2012
Contacts for Comment:
Judiciary Committee, find Delegates' contact info here

 

7.) “Prohibiting the use of prophylactic feeding of antibiotics to livestock,” House Bill No. 4576
Summary: The Commissioner has the power and duty to inspect and examine feed, collect fees, conduct hearings, establish and maintain feed testing facilities, and publish reports.
Sponsors: Manypenny (Lead)
Status: Introduced in the House on February 17, 2012, still in House Agriculture
Contacts for Comment: Agriculture Committee, find Delegates’ contact info here

 

8.) “Relating to general livestock trespass law,” Senate Bill No. 527
Summary: It is unlawful for the owner or manager of livestock to negligently permit livestock to trespass on the property of other landowners. Livestock owners are liable for damages on properties of others, and if owner cannot be determined, the sheriff takes possession.
Sponsors: Williams (Lead), Miller
Status: Started in Senate Agriculture, sent to House Judiciary March 1, 2012
Contacts for Comment: Judiciary Committee, find Delegates’ contact info here


 

Commerce


1.) "Relating to bidding preference for resident vendors and vendors employing state residents," Senate Bill No. 27

Summary: Requires political boards of education to give preference to resident vendors and vendors employing state residents.

Sponsors: Dan Foster (Lead), Douglas Facemire, Orphy Klempa

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Government Organization

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Government Organization, find Senators' contact info here

 

 

Corporations and Business Entities

1.) “Small Business Development Incentive Program for Internal Growth Act,” House Bill No. 2210

Summary: New small businesses can apply for exemption from business-related taxes.

Sponsors: Ron Walters

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business

Contacts for comment: Committee on Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business; find Delegates' contact info here

 

 

Education

 

1.) “Creating Learn and Earn Cooperative Education Program,” Senate Bill No. 538

Summary: Establishes a cooperative education program, where students can work well-paying, hands-on jobs while enrolled full-time in a community and technical college.

Sponsors: Robert Plymale (Lead), Evan Jenkins, Dan Foster, D. Richard Browning

History: Introduced January 20, 2012, still in Finance 

Contacts for comment:  Committee on Finance, find Senators' contact info here


2.) "Stay Home in West Virginia and Work Tax Incentive," House Bill No. 2771

Summary: Provides a tax credit for graduates of higher education institutions if they establish residency in West Virginia.

Sponsors: Doug Skaff (Lead), Josh Stowers, Daniel Hall, Doug Reynolds

History: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Finance

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Finance, find Delegates' contact info here


 

Environmental Protection


1.) "Creating tax credit for composting garbage, landscape waste and food," Senate Bill No. 40

Summary: Creates a tax credit for businesses that properly compost trash and unused food rather than use the normal means of dumping trash and unused food into a noncomposting dumpster.
Sponsors: Orphy Klempa
Status: Introduced January 19, 2012, still in Finance

Contacts for Comment: Committee on Finance, find Senators' contact info here


2.) “Relating to farmland protection boards,” Senate Bill No. 506
Summary: Defines the appointment, composition, and terms of a farmland protection board.
Sponsors: Browning (Lead)
Status: Introduced in Senate on February 2, 2012, still in Senate Agriculture
Contacts for Comment: Agriculture Committee, find Senators’ contact info here

 

Human Services


1.) "Requiring recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program be issued a photo identification card," House Bill No. 2744

Sponsors: Ralph Rodighiero (Lead), Doug Reynolds, Josh Stowers, Rupert Phillips

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in House Judiciary

Contacts for Comment: Judiciary Committee, find Delegates' contact info here

2.) “Creating the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Fund,” House Bill No. 4450
Summary:
To add $30 to the amount of the current Senior Voucher and creating the Fund.
Sponsors:
Moye (Lead), Stephens, Morgan, Perdue, Reynolds, Craig
Status:
Introduced in House on February 7, 2012, still in House Agriculture
Contacts for Comment:
Agriculture Committee, find Delegates’ contact info here

 

Tourism

 

1.) “Creating Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs Program,” House Bill No. 3183

Summary: Creates program for tourist-oriented businesses to apply for signs that display business identification and directional information for businesses not located on a state highway, to attract highway users.  Businesses must pay a fee for the signs.

Sponsors: Stan Shaver

Status: Introduced January 11, 2012, still in Roads and Transportation

Contacts for comment: Committee on Roads and Transportation, find Delegates' contact info here