Senate Bill #720 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY -- AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Authorizes the directors of the departments of environmental management and health to enforce the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.

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  • 2017 – S 0720
  • 2017 – S 0720 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY – AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS
  • Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Conley, Coyne, Calkin, and Miller
  • Date Introduced: April 06, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Environment & Agriculture
  • RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY – AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF
  • THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
  • Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Conley, Coyne, Calkin, and Miller
  • Date Introduced: April 06, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Environment & Agriculture
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 2-1-10 of the General Laws in Chapter 2-1 entitled "Agricultural Functions of Department of Environmental Management" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 2-1-10. Inspection powers.
  • (a) For the purpose of conducting inspections, the director of environmental management and the director of health, or any of his or her agents or deputies, have authority to enter, at any reasonable time, any building, storehouse, warehouse, cold-storage plant, packing house, stockyard, railroad yard, railroad car, or any other building or place where farm products are produced, kept, stored, or offered for sale, or to enter upon any farm land for the purpose of inspecting farm products.
  • (b) The director of the department of environmental management, in consultation with the director of the department of health, shall enforce the commercial growers of fruits and vegetables voluntary food safety program developed by the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and shall enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 1. Section 2-1-10 of the General Laws in Chapter 2-1 entitled "Agricultural Functions of Department of Environmental Management" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 2-1-10. Inspection powers.
  • (a) For the purpose of conducting inspections, the director of environmental management and the director of health, or any of his or her agents or deputies, have authority to enter, at any reasonable time, any building, storehouse, warehouse, cold-storage plant, packing house, stockyard, railroad yard, railroad car, or any other building or place where farm products are produced, kept, stored, or offered for sale, or to enter upon any farm land for the purpose of inspecting farm products.
  • (b) The director of the department of environmental management, through the division agriculture, shall continue to enforce the commercial growers of fruits and vegetables voluntary food safety program developed by the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture known as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and shall enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY – AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS
  • RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY – AGRICULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF
  • THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
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  • This act would require the director of department of environmental management to enforce the Federal Good Agriculture Practices Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002392 ========
  • This act would authorize the director of the department of environmental management to enforce the federal Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to commercial growers of fruits and vegetables.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002392/SUB A/2 ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for DEPT. OF ENVIRON. MANAGEMENT

June 27, 2017 at 5:33pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley NV
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

June 28, 2017 at 4:30pm
Yeas: 69 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 6 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey NV
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y