POSTED: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:03am
LONGVIEW (The Longview News Journal) — A bill carried by State Rep. David Simpson to simplify regulations on providing free samples at farmer’s markets passed the Texas House Friday with unanimous support.
The so-called Farmers' Market Sampling Bill is part of a series of bills by members of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus supporting local foods.
Currently, regulations for sampling at Texas farmers' markets that are used for commercial establishments are enforced on farmers and producers at farmers' markets.
“Today the House took a positive step toward a more common sense approach to farmers' markets that increases freedom for our citizens and small businesses,” Simpson said. “By lifting unnecessary burdens off the backs of our farmers, I am hopeful that this bill will encourage a robust local foods movement and increase access to healthy food sources.”