Organic Farming Bill Clears Assembly Appropriations Committee

A crucial milestone in the California Organic Food and Farming Act’s progress occurred on Friday, May 27, when the bill, AB 1826, was forwarded out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Chaired by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, the Appropriations Committee is responsible for assessing the fiscal impact of all bills. Many CCOF members sent letters of support to Assemblymember Gonzalez and helped move the bill out of committee.

The next stop for AB 1826 is the floor of the California Assembly. A vote may be scheduled as soon as Tuesday, May 31. Once it passes the Assembly, it will go before the state Senate.

As AB 1826 moves forward, the need for supporters continues. Sign a letter of support that will automatically be delivered to your state senatorYou can also choose to be publicly listed as a supporter of the bill.

The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), will streamline paperwork for certified organic producers by allowing USDA-accredited organic certifying agents to submit information about their clients directly to the state to complete their state registration; will cap or lower state fees; and will update the role of the State Organic Program to include education, outreach, and other programmatic activities.

CCOF sponsors AB 1826, which has so far gained support from over 220 businesses and individuals.

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