Senate Ag Committee Moves AB 1826 Closer to Becoming Law

“The bill is out, congratulations.”

California state senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), chair of the California Senate Committee on Agriculture, spoke these words as the committee voted AB 1826, the California Organic Food and Farming Act, out of committee on June 21. AB 1826 now heads to the California Senate Appropriations Committee.

CCOF-sponsored AB 1826, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), will reform California’s State Organic Program to eliminate redundant paperwork, reduce or cap program fees, and allow the program to support the organic sector through education, outreach, and other programmatic activities.

At the June 21 hearing, Assemblymember Stone introduced the bill to the committee, followed by CCOF Board of Directors Chairman Phil LaRocca and Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo who presented testimony on the importance of streamlining organic requirements in the state. Representatives from numerous organizations stood up to express support for the bill, including CalCAN, the Environmental Working Group, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California League of Conservation Voters, and the Ecology Center.

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