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2009 Senate Bill 1015: Promote “urban agriculture”
  1. Introduced by Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom (R) on December 10, 2009, to revise the 2003 law that created local "land bank" authorities empowered to assemble and dispose of abandoned tax reverted property, so as to include "promote urban agriculture" among the things they are supposed to accomplish (along with "revitalize the economy, promote economic growth, and foster development"). Promoting "urban agriculture" that involves raising "livestock, poultry or other animals for profit" would be prohibited, however.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on December 10, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 27, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 2, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not excude raising "livestock, poultry or other animals for profit" from the "urban agriculture" the bill would authorize the promotion of, if local ordinances did not prohibit those things. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 2, 2010.
  2. Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on June 8, 2010, to revise the 2003 law that created local "land bank" authorities empowered to assemble and dispose of abandoned tax reverted property, so as to include "promote urban agriculture" among the things they are supposed to accomplish (along with "revitalize the economy, promote economic growth, and foster development".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 8, 2010.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on June 8, 2010.

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