Virginia-grown food products by state agencies; DGS to establish procurement procedures to purchase. (HB398)

Introduced By

Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), and Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies and institutions and local school divisions.  Provides for the Department of General Services to establish procurement procedures to facilitate the purchase of Virginia-grown food products by state agencies and institutions and local public school divisions to the maximum extent possible. The bill also provides local school divisions with an exemption from competitive sealed bidding under certain circumstances when procuring Virginia-grown food products for student consumption. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103818D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2010Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/20/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB398)
01/21/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/26/2010Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2010Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2010Assigned App. sub: General Government
02/16/2010Left in Appropriations


Sam Nickels writes:

Very glad to see this bill introduced. We know that fresh local food is healthier, required fewer preservatives, can help sustain our local farmers, who can also diversify.

Sam Nickels
Membership Team

Richmond S., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill is great news. Virginia needs to support its farmers, and if DGS doesn't have procurement procedures to acquire Virginia-grown food, then it sure needs 'em, and then it needs to act on those procedures.