An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in State Institutions
Sec. 1. 7 MRSA §211, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 608, §2, is amended to read:
§ 211. Statement of policy
It is the policy of the State to encourage food self-sufficiency for the State. State State-funded institutions and school districts or agencies in the State shall purchase food produced by Maine farmers or fishermen , persons who fish commercially or food processors, provided as long as that food is available in adequate quantity and , meets acceptable quality standards , and is priced competitively.
Sec. 2. 7 MRSA §212, sub-§§1 and 2, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 608, §2, are amended to read:
Sec. 3. 7 MRSA §212, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1989, c. 443, §18 and PL 2003, c. 20, Pt. OO, §2 and affected by §4, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 7 MRSA §213, first ¶, as enacted by PL 1983, c. 608, §2, is amended to read:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law and assuming reasonable similarity in quality, quantity and availability with other foodstuffs offered for sale, state or school purchasers shall buy meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products, dairy products, excluding milk and milk or milk products, eggs , and species of fruits and fresh vegetables , directly from Maine food producers or from food brokers who assist in the distribution of foodstuffs produced or harvested by Maine food producers. In the event that more than one producer, broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff, the institutional or school state purchaser may shall require competitive bidding.
Sec. 5. 7 MRSA §213, sub-§3 is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 7 MRSA §214, as amended by PL 2011, c. 655, Pt. EE, §12 and affected by §30, is further amended to read:
§ 214. Coordination of purchases of foodstuffs from Maine concerns
Sec. 7. 7 MRSA §215, as amended by PL 1989, c. 700, Pt. A, §31, is further amended to read:
§ 215. Standards
Current law requires state and school purchasers to buy meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fruits and fresh vegetables directly from Maine food producers or food brokers. This bill establishes a minimum percentage of Maine foodstuffs, including milk or milk products, eggs, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products and fruits and vegetables, that must be purchased, requiring at least 20% by December 31, 2025, at least 30% by December 31, 2030, at least 40% by December 31, 2040 and at least 50% by December 31, 2050. The bill exempts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also clarifies that "Maine food producer" includes food processors, revises provisions regulating quality standards and requires competitive bidding when more than one producer or broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff.