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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2523         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1995

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Anne M. Gobi

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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 the distribution of raw milk.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Timothy R. Madden

Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Susan C. Fargo

 

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

 

William N. Brownsberger

 

Michael J. Rodrigues

 

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin

Michael R. Knapik

 

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Geraldo Alicea

6th Worcester

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2523        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1995

By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1995) of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to the distribution of raw milk.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the distribution of raw milk.
 

              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 13 of chapter 94 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:

              Section 1A  Licensed raw milk farmers will be allowed to deliver raw milk directly to the consumer, off-site from the farm, provided that the raw milk farmer have a direct, contractual relationship with the consumer.  The raw milk farmer may contract with a third party for delivery provided that the raw milk farmer shall maintain the contractual relationship with the consumer.  The raw milk farmer may deliver raw milk through a community supported agriculture (CSA) delivery system provided that the raw milk farmer shall maintain a contractual relationship with the consumer.  Delivery may be made directly to the consumer’s residence or to a pre-established receiving site; said sites shall not be in a retail setting with the exception of CSA delivery.  In such instances, raw milk shall be kept separated from retail items for sale and will not be accessible to the general public.

              SECTION 2 Raw milk farmers may sell raw milk from their farm stands even if not contiguous to their raw milk dairy and shall comply with section 3 of chapter 40 of the General Laws. 

              SECTION 3 Non-mechanical refrigeration shall be allowed where mechanical refrigeration is not practical or cost prohibitive.

              SECTION 4 The Commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources shall adopt and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations governing the handling, packaging, storage and transportation of raw milk, non-mechanical refrigeration shall be permitted.

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