Farm to School Program Task Force; Department of Education to establish. (SB314)

Introduced By

Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) with support from co-patron Sen. Christie New Craig (R-Chesapeake)


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Department of Education; establishment of Farm to School Program Task Force. Requires the Department of Education to establish and appoint such members as it deems necessary or appropriate to the Farm to School Program Task Force for the purpose of increasing student access throughout the Commonwealth to high-quality farm to school programs, defined in the bill as programs (i) whereby public schools purchase and feature prominently in school meals locally produced food or (ii) that involve experiential student learning opportunities relating to local food and agriculture, including school and community garden programs and local farm visits. The bill requires the Task Force to collaborate with local school boards, community-based organizations, farmers, relevant state and local agencies, and other relevant stakeholders to (a) assess existing farm to school programs within the Commonwealth to identify and disseminate to each local school board best practices for implementing and sustaining such programs, (b) establish and distribute to each local school board a guidance document for the establishment and operation of school garden programs, (c) provide information and resources to each local school board to assist it in leveraging grant funds to support farm to school programs, and (d) collect such data and make such policy recommendations to local school boards, the Board of Education, and the General Assembly as it deems appropriate. This bill is identical to HB 830. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101529D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/10/2024Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/18/2024Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2024Read second time and engrossed
01/23/2024Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB314)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/20/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2024Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Committee substitute printed 24107848D-H1
02/23/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB314H1)
02/23/2024Read second time
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107848D-H1
02/26/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB314H1
02/26/2024Passed House with substitute (88-Y 8-N)
02/26/2024VOTE: Passage (88-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024House insisted on substitute
02/29/2024House requested conference committee
03/04/2024Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
03/04/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2024Senators: Roem, Bagby, Head
03/05/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2024Delegates: Cousins, McQuinn, Cherry
03/06/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/06/2024Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 6-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 6-N)
03/07/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB314ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB314ER)
04/04/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 399 (effective 7/1/24)
04/04/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0399)

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