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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 6, 2019 03:48 PM
From: Senator Judith L. Schwank and Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Sen. Art Haywood
To: All Senate members
Subject: Procurement changes to encourage locally sourced food
In the near future, we plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 1075 which amends Title 62 to promote the use of locally sourced food in the procurement process.

One in every seven jobs in the Commonwealth are related to agriculture. The agriculture industry provides $136 billion in total economic impact to the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania is home to more than 58,000 farms and approximately 7.7 million acres of the commonwealth are devoted to agricultural production. According to the Department of Agriculture, 93% of Pennsylvanians want to purchase locally produced items.

Our legislation would allow a deviance from the lowest bidder requirement in the procurement process for a qualified bidder for the purchase of food or food products that agrees to use locally sourced food. The cost of the bid cannot exceed more than 10% of the cost of the lowest bidder.

Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation to help Pennsylvania farms.

Introduced as SB169