AB 199, as amended, Holden. Institutional purchasers: sale of California produce.
Under existing law, price, fitness, and quality being equal, any body, officer, or other person charged with the purchase, or permitted or authorized to purchase supplies for the use of the state, or of any of its institutions or offices, or for the use of any county or city, is required to always prefer supplies, defined to include produce, that are grown, manufactured, or produced in the state, and is required to next prefer supplies partially manufactured, grown, or produced in the state.
This bill would remove supplies grown or partially grown in the state from this requirement and produce from the definition of supplies. This bill, the Choose California Act, would instead require agricultural products grown, or packed or processed, in California to be purchased by all California state-owned or state-run institutions, except schools or school districts, before out-of-state agricultural products, as specified. This bill would require California public schools and school districts to purchase agricultural products grown in California before those that are grown out-of-state as long as the price does not exceed the lowest bid or price for an out-of-state product.end delete
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State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the
2Choose California Act.
Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 58595) is added
4to Division 21 of the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:
All California state-owned or state-run institutions
12except schools orend delete
13 school districts
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14agricultural products grown in California
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15grown outside the state if the following criteria are met:end delete
17(a) The bids for providing the California grown products or the
18prices quoted for them do not exceed by more than 5 percent the
19lowest bids or prices quoted for products produced outside the
21(b) If there are no California-grown agricultural products that
22meet the criteria in subdivision (a), then the bid shall go to a
23California company that packs or processes its products in the
24state, as long as the price quoted by the California company does
25not exceed by more than 5 percent the lowest bid or price quoted
26for out-of-state products.
All California public schools and school districts shall
28purchase agricultural products grown in California before those
29that are grown outside the state as long as the price quoted by the
P3 1California company does not exceed the lowest bid or price quoted
2for an out-of-state product.
Section 4330 of the Government Code is amended to
As used in this article, “supplies” includes goods, wares,
6merchandise, and manufactures.
Section 4331 of the Government Code is amended to
Price, fitness, and quality being equal, any body, officer,
10or other person charged with the purchase, or permitted or
11authorized to purchase supplies for the use of the state, or of any
12of its institutions or offices, or for the use of any county or city,
13shall always prefer supplies manufactured or produced in the state,
14and shall next prefer supplies partially manufactured or produced
15in the state.