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S03374 Summary:

Amd §16, Ag & Mkts L; add §163-c, St Fin L; amd §180-a, Ec Dev L
Enacts the local food, farms, and jobs act; relates to the procurement of locally grown farm and food products; sets goals for levels of procurement by state agencies; creates the New York state council on food policy.
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S03374 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 23, 2017
        Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture
        AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, the state finance  law,
          and the economic development law, in relation to procurement of local-
          ly grown farm and food products and codifying the New York state coun-
          cil on food policy
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
     2  the "local food, farms, and jobs act".
     3    §  2.  Section  16  of  the  agriculture and markets law is amended by
     4  adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows:
     5    6-a. Establish a New York state council on food policy.   The  purpose
     6  of  the  council  shall  be to facilitate the growth of a New York-based
     7  local farm and food product economy that  revitalizes  rural  and  urban
     8  communities, promotes healthy eating with access to fresh foods, creates
     9  jobs,  ensures  a  readily available supply of safe food in an emergency
    10  event, and supports economic growth through making local  farm  or  food
    11  products available to all New York citizens.
    12    (a)  The  responsibilities  of  the council shall include, but are not
    13  limited to, the following:
    14    (i) to develop and recommend a food policy for the state which  recog-
    15  nizes that it is in the best interests of the state to ensure the avail-
    16  ability  of  an adequate supply of affordable, fresh and nutritious food
    17  to its residents;
    18    (ii) to develop and recommend state policies  to  expand  agricultural
    19  production, including locally-grown and organically-grown food;
    20    (iii)  to develop and recommend a strategic plan for implementation of
    21  the state food policy, including benchmarks and criteria  for  measuring
    22  progress in achieving state food policy objectives;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (iv)  to  offer  comments on state regulations, legislation and budget
     2  proposals in the area of  food  policy,  to  ensure  a  coordinated  and
     3  comprehensive inter-agency approach to food policy issues;
     4    (v)  to assist state agencies, state-owned facilities, and other enti-
     5  ties with the purchase of local farm or food products and with  tracking
     6  and  reporting  of such purchases in order to meet the goals established
     7  in this section;
     8    (vi) to assist local farm  and  food  entrepreneurs  to  identify  and
     9  secure  necessary resources and equipment to begin, maintain, and expand
    10  projects and networks necessary for the development  of  local  farm  or
    11  food  products;  provided,  however,  that  the  council will facilitate
    12  program start-ups and then  relinquish  rights,  benefits,  and  control
    13  within a reasonably short duration of time;
    14    (vii)  to  facilitate the building of infrastructure, including aggre-
    15  gation, processing,  storage,  packaging,  and  distribution  facilities
    16  necessary  to  move  local  farm  or  food  products  to local and other
    17  markets;
    18    (viii) to support and expand programs that recruit, train, and provide
    19  technical assistance to New York  farmers  and  residents  in  order  to
    20  encourage the production of local farm or food products;
    21    (ix)  to  coordinate interagency policies, initiatives, and procedures
    22  promoting local farm and food products in New York communities, by work-
    23  ing with and involving state, federal, and local agencies,  as  well  as
    24  community  based  organizations,  educational  institutions,  and  trade
    25  organizations in executing the purposes of this section;
    26    (x) to facilitate the elimination  of  legal  barriers  hindering  the
    27  development  of  a  local farm and food economy by working with federal,
    28  state, and local public health agencies, other agencies  and  applicable
    29  entities,  and  the  New  York attorney general to create consistent and
    30  compatible regulations for the production,  storage,  distribution,  and
    31  marketing of local farm or food products;
    32    (xi)  to  facilitate the use of public lands for growing local farm or
    33  food products by working with governmental entities at the local, state,
    34  and federal levels;
    35    (xii) to set annual goals for all purchases  of  local  farm  or  food
    36  products by New York residents and to monitor the development and expan-
    37  sion of a local farm and food economy through data collection, tracking,
    38  measurement,  analysis,  and  reporting  on  progress  made in an annual
    39  report to the legislature; and
    40    (xiii) to initiate and facilitate public awareness campaigns about the
    41  economic benefits of a local farm and food economy.
    42    (b) The council shall consist of thirty-five members as  follows:  the
    43  commissioner, the commissioner of health, the commissioner of the office
    44  of  temporary  and disability assistance, the commissioner of the office
    45  of children and family services,  the  commissioner  of  education,  the
    46  commissioner  of the department of economic development, the director of
    47  the office for the aging  and  the  director  of  the  office  of  rural
    48  affairs;  four members with experience and expertise related to agricul-
    49  ture, nutrition or food policy appointed on the  recommendation  of  the
    50  legislative  leaders, one each by the temporary president of the senate,
    51  the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the senate, and  the
    52  minority  leader of the assembly; the dean of the New York state college
    53  of agriculture and life sciences; one member representing farm organiza-
    54  tions; one member representing school food  administrators;  one  member
    55  representing  consumers;  two  members representing an organization that
    56  provides food assistance; one member representing anti-hunger advocates;

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     1  one member who is a nutritionist;  two  members  representing  the  food
     2  industry,  who  are  producers, distributors, processors or retailers in
     3  the state of New York, at least one of whom produces organic food;  four
     4  local  farm  or food product farmers representing different agribusiness
     5  sectors, including, but not limited to, the dairy, meat, vegetable,  and
     6  grain  sectors; two representatives of not-for-profit educational organ-
     7  izations that specialize in supporting and expanding local farm or  food
     8  product  networks;  one  certifier  of  specialty  local  farm  or  food
     9  products, such as an organic, naturally  grown,  biodynamic,  Halal,  or
    10  Kosher  certifier;  one representative from a philanthropic organization
    11  supporting the development of local farm or food products; two municipal
    12  representatives from different communities in the state actively engaged
    13  in the development of local farm or food products;  two  representatives
    14  from  community-based  organizations focusing on access to local farm or
    15  food products, including at least three minority members; and  one  chef
    16  specializing in the preparation of locally grown foods.
    17    (c)  The  twenty-seven  non-state  governmental board members shall be
    18  appointed by the governor to three-year staggered terms as determined by
    19  the governor. Such persons may be nominated by organizations  represent-
    20  ing the sectors outlined in paragraph (b) of this subdivision. Vacancies
    21  shall be filled by the governor.
    22    (d)  The  council  may apply for and establish a not-for-profit corpo-
    23  ration.
    24    (e) The board of directors shall elect  its  presiding  officers  from
    25  among its members and may elect or appoint an executive committee, other
    26  committees,  and  subcommittees to conduct the business of the organiza-
    27  tion.
    28    (f) The council may solicit  grants,  loans,  and  contributions  from
    29  public  or  private  sources  and  may enter into any contracts, grants,
    30  loans, or agreements with respect to the use of such  funds  to  execute
    31  the purposes of this subdivision.
    32    (g)  The  council  shall  issue  a  written report on the first day of
    33  December each year on: (i) the activities  of  the  council  during  the
    34  preceding  year;  (ii)  recommended  food  policies for the state; (iii)
    35  recommended changes to the  strategic  plan;  (iv)  an  account  of  the
    36  progress  made  in  achieving  the goals of the council; and (v) actions
    37  which are necessary to implement the recommendations of the council  and
    38  effectuate its purposes.
    39    (h)  Subject to the availability of public or private funds, the board
    40  of directors may employ an executive director, treasurer,  other  staff,
    41  or  independent  contractors  necessary  to execute the purposes of this
    42  subdivision, and it may  fix  the  compensation,  benefits,  terms,  and
    43  conditions of those persons' employment.
    44    (i) The state governmental agencies represented on the board of direc-
    45  tors  may  re-direct existing staff, as appropriations permit; assist in
    46  executing the purposes of this subdivision; and  provide  office  space,
    47  meeting  space,  and other research and communication services as appro-
    48  priate.
    49    (j) No member of the council shall be disqualified  from  holding  any
    50  public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office
    51  or  employment by virtue of his or her appointment hereunder. Members of
    52  the council shall receive no compensation for their services  but  shall
    53  be  allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the perform-
    54  ance of their functions hereunder. All  members  of  the  council  shall
    55  serve  at  the pleasure of the governor and vacancies shall be filled in
    56  the same manner as original appointments.

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     1    § 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 163-c to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  163-c.  Procurement  goals for local farm or food products. 1.  For
     4  the purposes of this section, "local farm or food products" are products
     5  grown, processed, packaged, and distributed  by  New  York  citizens  or
     6  businesses located wholly within the borders of New York state.
     7    2.  (a) In order to create, strengthen, and expand local farm and food
     8  economies throughout New York, it shall be the goal of this state that:
     9    (i) twenty percent of all food and food products  purchased  by  state
    10  agencies  and  state-owned  facilities,  including,  without limitation,
    11  facilities for persons with mental health  and  developmental  disabili-
    12  ties,  correctional  facilities,  and public universities, shall, by two
    13  thousand eighteen, be local farm or food products; and
    14    (ii) fifty percent of all food and food products  purchased  by  state
    15  agencies  and  state-owned  facilities,  including,  without limitation,
    16  facilities for persons with mental health  and  developmental  disabili-
    17  ties,  correctional  facilities,  and public universities, shall, by two
    18  thousand twenty-two, be local farm or food products.
    19    (b) The New York state  council  on  food  policy  shall  support  and
    20  encourage  that  twenty-five percent of food and food products purchased
    21  by entities funded in part or in whole by state funds, which spend  more
    22  than  twenty-five thousand dollars per year on food or food products for
    23  its students, residents,  or  clients,  including,  without  limitation,
    24  public schools, child care facilities, after-school programs, and hospi-
    25  tals,  shall,  by two thousand nineteen, be local farm or food products.
    26  The goal shall increase to forty percent by two thousand twenty-four.
    27    (c) To meet the goals set forth in this section, when a state contract
    28  for purchase of food or food products is to be  awarded  to  the  lowest
    29  responsible  bidder,  an otherwise qualified bidder who will fulfill the
    30  contract through the use of local farm or food  products  may  be  given
    31  preference  over  other  bidders, provided that the cost included in the
    32  bid of local farm or food products is not more than ten percent  greater
    33  than  the  cost  included  in  a  bid that is not for local farm or food
    34  products.
    35    (d) All state agencies and state-owned facilities that  purchase  food
    36  and food products shall, with the assistance of the New York state coun-
    37  cil  on food policy, develop a system for (i) identifying the percentage
    38  of local farm or food products purchased for fiscal  year  two  thousand
    39  eighteen  as the baseline; and (ii) tracking and reporting local farm or
    40  food products purchases on an annual basis.
    41    § 4. Section 16 of the agriculture  and  markets  law  is  amended  by
    42  adding a new subdivision 49 to read as follows:
    43    49.  Establish,  and  make available on its website, a geo-coded elec-
    44  tronic database to facilitate the purchase of  fresh  produce  and  food
    45  products  by  schools.  The database shall be developed jointly with the
    46  New York state council on food policy and, at  a  minimum,  contain  the
    47  information  necessary  for (a) schools to identify and contact agricul-
    48  tural producers that are interested in supplying schools  in  the  state
    49  with  fresh  produce and food products and (b) agricultural producers of
    50  fresh produce and food products to identify schools in  the  state  that
    51  are interested in purchasing those products.
    52    § 5. Subdivisions 8 and 9 of section 180-a of the economic development
    53  law, as added by chapter 550 of the laws of 1999, are amended to read as
    54  follows:
    55    8.  geographically  balanced  public input and advice from individuals
    56  and agencies directly involved with the production, processing, manufac-

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     1  turing and storage of agricultural products; and such other  individuals
     2  and  agencies as may be engaged in state and local activities in support
     3  of economic development in the agriculture resource industry; [and]
     4    9.  the  establishment  and  purposes of the New York state council on
     5  food policy established pursuant to subdivision six-a of section sixteen
     6  of the agriculture and markets law; and
     7    10. all things necessary or convenient to  carry  out  the  functions,
     8  powers and duties expressly set forth in this article.
     9    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
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