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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1562        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1503


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Paul McMurtry


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to farmers markets.






Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1562        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1503

By Mr. McMurtry of Dedham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1503) of Paul McMurtry and others relative to the liability of farmers' markets.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2840 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to farmers markets.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Section 10 of chapter 40 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              Any person who displays, exhibits or sells their homemade or home grown products or produce within the commonwealth at public farmers’ markets and farm stands shall be allowed to provide customers with taste samples of their products without incurring any liability. Conformity to sanitary health codes and requirements such as sinks and heating apparatus shall not be applicable under this paragraph.             

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