LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lawmakers are pushing for state agencies to use more local food products.
A bill passed in the house Monday would create the 'Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act.'
It outlines goals for each State Agency - like colleges and hospitals - that spends more than $25,000 on food services a year - to budget 10 percent for local farm and food products in 2018, and 20 percent in 2019.
During debate on the house floor Monday, State Representative Rick Beck says the bill doesn't mandate this, but an agency would be listed as not reaching its goal if that happens.
"I liked what one of the Farm Bureau Representatives told me. He said, 'When we get a favorable vote for this bill, Arkansas can feed its own,'" State Rep. Rick Beck, (R) - Center Ridge, said.
Rep. Beck says 34 states already have similar laws.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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