Denver, Colo. —
Today, the bipartisan Local Foods, Local Jobs Act (SB-48), sponsored by Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass), passed in the Senate. The Local Foods, Local Jobs Act supports local, small-scale growers and producers by creating alternative methods for them to sell homemade, value added goods. This legislation will allow small growers to sell their products directly to consumers, jump starting local economies and increasing the availability of healthy, locally grown foods.
Senator Schwartz offered the following comment on the Local Foods, Local Jobs Act today:
“As our economy continues to recover, it’s important that we provide Coloradans with every opportunity to strengthen their small businesses. This legislation will help support our local communities by allowing small scale growers and producers to make the most of their products.”
The Local Foods, Local Jobs Act will ease impediments to local markets by exempting home kitchens from certain health inspections that are generally applied to large retailers. Home kitchens will be trained on safe food handling and processing procedures, as well as labeling requirements to ensure healthy products. Small businesses that promote locally sourced foods can get a strong start due to these streamlined regulations. Having passed in the Senate today, the bill now heads to the House for consideration.
This bill is part of the Senate Majority’s “Colorado Works Jobs Package,” a series of bills focused on continued job creation and economic growth in the state.
Nearly 30 other states have passed similar laws to promote local products. Senate Bill 48 is sponsored in the House of Representatives by Representative Don Coram (R-Montrose).