Food products; exempts local school boards from bidding process when purchasing from State farmer. (SB796)

Introduced By

Sen. Russ Potts (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia food products. Exempts local school boards from the competitive bidding process when purchasing Virginia food products from a Virginia farmer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072515788
01/03/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB796)
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/07/2007Placed on Calendar
02/07/2007Read first time
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2007Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement (Marshall, D.)
02/15/2007Reported from General Laws with amendment (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2007Reconsidered by General Laws
02/16/2007Tabled in General Laws


Waldo Jaquith writes:

I very much like the spirit behind this bill, and I agree that we should put our thumb on the scale in favor of Virginia businesses when it comes to government purchases. That said, it seems unwise to eliminate the bidding process -- such an approach seems ripe for abuse.

Let's amend this bill and get it passed. Our children deserve better food than the lowest bidder provides.

Katherine Whitesell writes:

This is a wonderful bill that will enable local farmers to sell directly to schools, which has been nearly impossible with every school district in VA having a different and complex bidding process and timetable. NY, CT, PA all have passed similar legislation and it has allowed for a vibrant and healthy ag industry.

Believe me, the schools will only buy produce that is inexpensive and selling direct will allow for savings to the schools.

This is a great bill as written, no amendments needed!

Hats off to Senator Potts!!!