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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another update on HB 4306

Hi all,

There is another House Education Committee Meeting scheduled tomorrow at 9 am at the House Office Building in Lansing to address House Bill 4306.


I have attached the latest version (H-3) of HB 4306:

·         Section 1 was modified from “the Board of a school district…shall not enter into or renew a contract or collective bargaining agreement providing for the provision of custodial, pupil transportation or food services…without first obtaining competitive bids…” (H-2) to “the Board of a school district that directly employs personnel to provide custodial, pupil transportation, or food services…shall obtain competitive bids for the provision of these services…” (H-3).

·         Like the previous version (H-2), H-3 exempts school food service programs that make a profit from having to collect competitive bids for this service (Section 4B).

·         An addition to H-3 is Section 5, which states that “a contractor who provides food services for a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy is encouraged to provide those services using fresh and local foods in a manner consistent with the purposes of the Farm-to-School Procurement Act, 2008 PA 315…”




Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222




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