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Bill targeting cheaters at farmers markets is put off another year
Bill targeting cheaters at farmers markets is put off another year

A bill that for the first time would have provided substantial resources for state and county inspectors to keep cheaters out of farmers markets was held by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday afternoon. That means the bill is effectively dead for the year, leaving the dozens of managers and stakeholders who worked for its passage greatly disappointed. AB 996 would provide funding for inspectors to go to farms and ensure the vendors are selling only what they grow. The bill would have increased and expanded the fees charged to most market operators to $1.50 per vendor, per market day. Currently, the fee is 60 cents per farmer and a range of costs for other types of...

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