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. Amends § 2.2-1111, § 2.2-4345, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


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

Waldo J., 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.