Calls Needed to Support Raw Milk Bill HB 91

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Good news for raw milk from the Texas legislature!

The raw milk bill, HB 91, has passed the Texas House of Representatives!  HB 91 would help both farmers and consumers by allowing licensed farmers to sell raw milk at farmers’ markets and to deliver to consumers’ homes.

This is a major victory, but the fight is not over yet – we have only two weeks left to get HB 91 through the Senate, and time is running out quickly.

Please speak up now to help keep this important bill moving forward!

TAKE ACTION!!!

Call or email your State Senator to urge him or her to support HB 91, the raw milk bill 

You can find out who your State Senator is by going to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us  or calling the Texas Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630.

The message is simple: “Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent.  I am calling to urge Senator ______ to support HB 91, the raw milk bill.”

***  If you live in Williamson, Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, or Walker Counties, then you are a constituent of Senator Schwertner, who chairs the Health & Human Services Committee.   Constituent calls have the greatest impact, so please take the time to call his office at 512-463-0105, and also get your friends and family in those counties to call him.

For Senator Schwertner, the message is:  “Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent.  I am calling to urge Senator ______ to set HB 91, the raw milk bill, for a hearing as soon as possible and do everything he can to move the bill forward quickly.”  ***

TAKE ACTION #2

After you’ve called your Senator, then call Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and urge him to move HB 91 forward as quickly as possible.  The phone number is 512-463-0001. 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HB 91, Raw Milk

HB 91 by Representative Dan Flynn, would legalize the sale of raw milk by licensed farmers directly to consumers at farmers markets, and allow farmers and consumers to agree to delivery arrangements.

  • Raw milk is already legal in Texas, but unfair marketing restrictions burden both farmers and consumers.
  • Only 6 illnesses have been reported linked to raw milk in Texas in the last 17 years, out of an estimated ¾ million Texans who drink raw milk
  • Texas Grade A Raw for Retail dairies are subject to regulations that meet or exceed all regulatory standards for pasteurized milk.
  • HB 91 simply allows licensed farmers to sell raw milk at farmers’ markets and through delivery arrangements.  Sales are limited to direct farm-to-consumer and will NOT be allowed in grocery stores.
  • HB 91 improves the safety of raw dairy by allowing producers to transport it to consumers under safe conditions, rather than relying on consumers to remember to take coolers and ice.
  • By allowing a farmer to make a single trip to serve multiple customers, rather than having each customer drive to the farm, the bill reduces vehicle miles, benefiting air quality, traffic congestion, and public safety.
  • HB 91 benefits rural economies because direct farm-to-consumer sales of raw milk can mean the difference between a net loss on the farm and a reasonable income for the farm family.

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