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…”
Farm to Institution Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222