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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
OkFB Legislative Update: Second Committee Deadline Arrives
Both chambers hit the ground running this week as attentions focused back to committee work as the deadline for most bills to receive approval from the committee opposite their chamber of origin is this coming Thursday, April 14.

SB 1624 by Sen. Adam Pugh and Rep. Dell Kerbs sought to transfer the school lunch program from the State Department of Education to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The goal of the transfer was to house the school lunch program within a department already focused on feeding Oklahomans and to open up new ways for schools to partner with local producers. Following concerns from committee members, the bill failed to receive the necessary votes to proceed to the House floor. The committee now retains ownership of the bill, and it could receive a second hearing next week ahead of the Thursday deadline.

The House Agriculture Committee heard SB 1110 by Sen. David Bullard and Rep. Justin Humphrey which would direct the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to request a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to allow a pilot program for remote meat inspection. If approved, state-inspected meat processors would be allowed to have their meat inspected remotely by a certified inspector utilizing continuous streaming viewing technologies. The pilot program would only be utilized for intrastate meat sales. Following several questions regarding what such a program might mean for food safety, the bill was laid over in hopes of addressing committee members’ concerns. It will be available for consideration again next week.

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