Senate File 61 - Introduced




                                 SENATE FILE       
                                 BY  SORENSON

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act providing for a moratorium on regulations affecting
  2    the sale of unprocessed food, and including effective date
  3    provisions.
  4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  1    Section 1.  MORATORIUM ON REGULATIONS AFFECTING THE SALE OF
  1  2 UNPROCESSED FOOD.
  1  3    1.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise
  1  4 requires:
  1  5    a.  "State agency" means any unit of state government
  1  6 designated as an authority, board, commission, committee,
  1  7 council, department, or independent agency as defined in
  1  8 section 7E.4, including but not limited to each principal
  1  9 central department enumerated in section 7E.5.
  1 10    b.  "Unprocessed food" means food that is an agricultural
  1 11 commodity sold for consumption in its raw state without being
  1 12 subjected to a change in form, condition, or temperature,
  1 13 including but not limited to raw milk, eggs in the shell,
  1 14 nuts in the shell, honey in the comb, fresh fruit, and fresh
  1 15 vegetables.
  1 16    2.  Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, a
  1 17 moratorium is declared on every state agency's administration
  1 18 and enforcement of statutes and rules affecting the sale of
  1 19 unprocessed food in this state, including but not limited to
  1 20 all of the following:
  1 21    a.  The issuance of permits or licenses.
  1 22    b.  The inspection of the unprocessed food or an
  1 23 establishment that sells unprocessed food.
  1 24    c.  The labeling of unprocessed food or containers
  1 25 containing unprocessed food.
  1 26    3.  This section takes effect July 1, 2014.
  1 27    Sec. 2.  REPORT BY STATE AGENCIES.  The department of
  1 28 agriculture and land stewardship, the department of public
  1 29 health, and the department of inspections and appeals, shall
  1 30 cooperate to publish and prepare a joint report to the general
  1 31 assembly not later than January 1, 2014.  The report shall
  1 32 provide a list of all statutes and rules affected by this
  1 33 Act and proposals to most effectively amend or repeal those
  1 34 statutes and rules without affecting the administration and
  1 35 enforcement of other provisions.
  2  1                           EXPLANATION
  2  2    This bill provides that, notwithstanding any other provision
  2  3 to the contrary, a moratorium exists on every state agency's
  2  4 administration and enforcement of statutes and rules affecting
  2  5 the sale of unprocessed food in this state.  Unprocessed food
  2  6 includes milk, eggs, nuts, honey, fruit, and vegetables. The
  2  7 regulations include the issuance of permits or licenses,
  2  8 the inspection of the unprocessed food or an establishment
  2  9 that sells such food, and labeling.  The moratorium takes
  2 10 effect on July 1, 2014. By January 1, 2014, the department
  2 11 of agriculture and land stewardship, the department of public
  2 12 health, and the department of inspections and appeals must
  2 13 submit a joint report to the general assembly outlining all
  2 14 statutes and rules affected by the moratorium and proposals to
  2 15 most effectively amend or repeal those statutes and rules.
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