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Sen. Luechtefeld has introduced SB2959 that would recognize honey as a raw agricultural commodity and would ease government oversight of private sales of honey. Simultaneously, the same legislation has been introduced by Rep. Reitz into the Illinois House as HB6132.

If you're an Illinois beekeeper or honey consumer, please take a moment to read the bill and call your state legislators and ask them to support it.

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3rd Reading and Floor Vote in the senate tomorrow. You have have already talked to your senator and that great. Please give them a quick call again and ask them for their support on the floor.

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I somewhat similar bill is running through Florida Senate right now SB 1900 I think it is.

It changed from being a beekeeper exemption, to a small produce grower thing that I haven't had a chance to see the exact wording. As is usually the case it went from being easy to read and understand to a mish mash of gov't speak.

Still, I would think passage of the Florida Food Freedom Act as it's called would help.

If you're in FL, look into it too, same sounding stuff as this one in IL!
 

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Good news! SB 2959 passed on a 50-2 vote with 7 senators not voting.

The two "No" votes were Sen. Koehler D-Pekin(Rep. Smith and Rep. Gordon) and Sen. Viverito D-Burbank(Rep. Zalewski and Rep. Madigan)

Not voting were Sen. Cronin R-Lombard(Rep. Biggins and Rep. Pihos), Sen. Dahl R-Peru(Rep. Gordon and Rep. Mautino), Sen. DeLeo D-Chicago(Rep. Lyons and Rep. McAuliffe), Sen. Hendon D-Chicago(Rep. Turner and Rep. Collins), Sen. Meeks D-Calumet City(Rep. Miller and Rep. Davis), Sen. Millner R-Bloomingdale(Rep. Ramey and Rep. Froehlich), and Sen. Silverstein D-Chicago(Rep. D'Amico and Rep. Lang).

Bad news. It looks like we have some apathy/fence straddling and outright opposition out there. Beekeepers and honey consumers in these districts need to call their Senators and politely express disappointment. More importantly, call your associated Representatives because we will still need to line up support on the House side before the vote on HB 6132 here in just a few days. Both 5755 and 6132 are schedule for 3rd Reading and Floor Votes.

If anyone gets meaningful feedback on their calls, post them here so we can learn what the excuses are and develop a strategy to address them.

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More good news.

HB6132 (same language as SB2959) passed out of the House yesterday with a 112-1 floor vote. The only NO vote was Rep. Coulson (R-17th, Glenview). HB6132 is now in the Senate and should have its First Reading today.

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NuclearDruid,
Thanks for the post. Politics works in funny ways. Does this mean we may not have to have a double-sink and washable walls in our honey room?
 

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Thanks for the post. Politics works in funny ways. Does this mean we may not have to have a double-sink and washable walls in our honey room?
That will depend on your location. It will still be possible for county and city health departments to enforce their own ordinances. The actions of this bill is limited only to state policy. For many rural counties, that will be enough.

Your mileage may vary. If you try and change local policy, this exemption may add some weight to the arguments that you make.

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