Want to be able to buy raw milk at your local farmers' market?
Or want to be able to have your farmer deliver raw milk to your door, or to be part of a buying group that gets raw milk without worrying about the local health department showing up at your door?
Then help us pass HB 503/ SB 80 during the 2019 Texas legislative session! This bill will allow licensed dairy farmers to sell raw milk at farmers' markets and to deliver to customers. It gets rid of the current burdensome requirement that consumers drive to the farm every time they want raw milk and allows farmers and consumers to connect without the unnecessary hassles.
Prior versions of the bill have passed both the House and the Senate (just not in the same session), but opponents of the bill are trying to keep us from even getting committee hearings this session.
There's still time for committee hearings to happen, but that window of opportunity is narrowing quickly. This bill needs to get a committee hearing soon!
How can you help that happen?
The legislators, especially the chair of the House committee, need to hear from their constituents. The House Chairwoman, Senfronia Thompson, is from the north Harris County/Humble area. Are you or is anyone you know in that district?
Wherever you live in Texas, your legislators' co-authorship of the bill can make all the difference. Co-authoring the bill is a show of public support, which creates momentum for the bill to move forward.
You never know if YOUR call will be the one that pushes this forward. Can you call? Can you get 5 friends and family to call or send an email to their State Representatives and Senators?
If you already did it, do it again.
Two years is a long time to wait for another chance at reform. Let's get this done in 2019.