Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker sent a “no nonsense” letter to dairy industry organizations and stakeholders asking them to review Senate Bill 1480 which he had introduced in September and later withdrew after the Senate Agriculture Committee wanted more time and more information. He plans to reintroduce this legislation to amend the Milk Marketing Law in the 2011-12 legislative session. He is asking “all interested parties” to give their constructive and specific suggestions or comments to improve S.B. 1480.
In his letter, Brubaker asks that respondents “refrain from using generalities like ‘something must be done’ or ‘this proposal should never see the light of day,’ but instead make specific suggestions for improvement and justification for each suggestion, using SB 1480 as a starting point.”
Sen. Brubaker also states that he intends to call each of the interested parties in to meet with him to discuss potential changes to the legislation through the fall and winter with the goal of an improved and comprehensive amendment to the Milk Marketing Law for introduction.
He concludes with the statement: “I welcome all points of view, but am adamant that the end result must be of benefit to the majority of dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.”
Those wishing to participate in this process are asked to respond to his office, in writing, with their input by Nov. 22, 2010.