West Virginia – Herdshares Support SB 30
UPDATES – 3/23/15: The amended SB 30 was conveyed to the Governor; if no action taken, SB 30 will pass into law in 15 days
|Graphic: West Virginians for Raw Milk Rights
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Herdshares were outlawed through regulation, not legislation, by the state department of health; the department also prohibited the sale of raw milk even as pet food. It’s also illegal simply to “offer” raw milk for free.
SB 30 is a bi-partisan bill that would restore property rights to West Virginians. It began as a bill to allow sales of raw cow’s milk but was changed in the Senate committee to a more favorable bill allowing shared ownership of any milk-producing animal. Click here to read the version forwarded to the House committee.
- Allowing herdshares will boost the rural economy and increase farmers’ incomes; raw milk can be the gateway to sales of other farm products such as meat, poultry, eggs and produce.
- The state is losing revenue to surrounding states like Ohio and Pennsylvania where West Virginians go to obtain raw milk.
- It’s a freedom of choice issue; the consumption of raw milk is legal but state residents have no legal way to exercise this right unless they own dairy animals and board them on their own property; sales of raw milk, distribution through herdshares, and even giving away raw milk is illegal in West Virginia.
Use the online petition to FAX West Virginia Governor Ray Tomblin then follow up with calls or emails as time permits.
You can also use the online portal to submit comments to the governor.
Although a bill that passed the West Virginia Legislature can pass into law without the governor’s signature, there are concerns that Gov. Tomblin may be pressured to veto the bill. He needs to be reassured that this bill is about restoring property rights and allowing co-ownership of dairy animals. SB 30 allows for raw milk access via herdshares and prohibits the sale of raw milk obtained from a herdshare. The consumption of raw dairy products is legal throughout the United States; it is only right to allow people to own dairy animals and obtain milk from their own animals, whether wholly or partially owned.
Use the online petition to email all members of the West Virginia House of Delegates Health and Human Services Committee then follow up with calls or emails as time permits.
Delegate Ellington (R – Mercer, 27) – Chair
Delegate Householder (R – Berkeley, 64) – Vice-Chair
Delegate Fleischauer (D – Monongalia, 51) – Minority Chair
Delegate Campbell, D. (D – Randolph, 43) – Minority Vice-Chair
Delegate Arvon (R – Raleigh, 31)
Delegate Ashley (R – Roane, 11)
Delegate Cooper (R – Summers, 28)
Delegate Faircloth (R – Berkeley, 60)
Delegate Hill (R – Nicholas, 41)
Delegate Kurcaba (R – Monongalia, 51)
Delegate Lane (R – Kanawha, 38)
Delegate Pasdon (R – Monongalia, 51)
Delegate Rohrbach (R – Cabell, 17)
Delegate Sobonya (R – Cabell, 18)
Delegate Stansbury (R – Kanawha, 35)
Delegate Summers (R – Taylor, 49)
Delegate Waxman (R – Harrison, 48)
Delegate Westfall (R – Jackson, 12)
Delegate Bates (D – Raleigh, 30)
Delegate Fluharty (D – Ohio, 03)
Delegate Longstreth (D – Marion, 50)
Delegate Moore (D – McDowell, 26)
Assistant Minority Whip
Delegate Perdue (D – Wayne, 19)
Delegate Pushkin (D – Kanawha, 37)
Delegate Rodighiero (D – Logan, 24)
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