|Posted:||December 2, 2014 11:37 AM|
|From:||Representative Neal P. Goodman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Made in PA|
|In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation from last session (former HB 1800) to create the Made in PA program, which expands the PA Preferred concept to more products made in Pennsylvania.
As you may know, the PA Department of Agriculture started the PA Preferred program in 2004 to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, produced, or processed in Pennsylvania. It was subsequently enacted into law by Act 78 of 2011. The program’s members – predominantly producers and processors - are licensed by the Department to display the trademark blue and gold PA Preferred logo. Due to federal trademark law, PA Preferred cannot simply be extended beyond the classification schedules encompassing the agricultural industry.
My legislation will expand this successful program by establishing a new “Made in PA” logo to include a broader range of products made in Pennsylvania that are not covered by the registered PA Preferred label. By drawing on the achievements of this program through a complementary Made in PA trademark, I believe we can advance its proven benefits for many more Pennsylvania businesses and consumers.
Under this legislation, PA Preferred will continue to be administered by the PA Department of Agriculture and will not be changed. The new Made in PA program would be administered by DCED.
Previous co-sponsors: EVANKOVICH, GALLOWAY, BISHOP, BIZZARRO, BOBACK, K. BOYLE, BRADFORD, BRIGGS, BROWNLEE, CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, COHEN, CONKLIN, D. COSTA, P. COSTA, M. DALEY, P. DALEY, DEAN, DEASY, DeLISSIO, DeLUCA, DENLINGER, DERMODY, DUNBAR, EMRICK, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, FARINA, FRANKEL, FREEMAN, FLYNN, GAINEY, GIBBONS, GINGRICH, HAGGERTY, HAHN, HALUSKA, HANNA, HARHAI, HARKINS, HEFFLEY, JAMES, F. KELLER, W. KELLER, KIM, KNOWLES, KORTZ, KOTIK, KULA, LAWRENCE, LONGIETTI, MACKENZIE, MAHONEY, MARKOSEK, MARSHALL, MATZIE, McCARTER, McGEEHAN, McNEILL, R. MILLER, MIRABITO, MOLCHANY, MULLERY, MUNDY, MURT, NEUMAN, O'BRIEN, O'NEILL, PAINTER, PARKER, PASHINSKI, PAYNE, PYLE, QUINN, RAVENSTAHL, READSHAW, ROSS, ROZZI, SABATINA, SACCONE, SAINATO, SANTARSIERO, SAYLOR, SCHLOSSBERG, SCHREIBER, SIMMONS, SNYDER, STEPHENS, STURLA, SWANGER, TALLMAN, THOMAS, TOBASH, WATERS, WHITE, and YOUNGBLOOD
Introduced as HB180