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20 April 2010

Holsman's Urban Farming Bill Passes Senate Committee

Jefferson City, MO - House Bill 1848, the Urban Farming Bill, has passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources with a unanimous 'yes' vote. Representative Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), the bill's sponsor, is hopeful that the legislation will soon make it before the full Senate, one step closer to landing on the Governor's desk.

The bill, if passed, would create a task force designed to study urban agriculture and vertical farming. These studies would likely make Missouri less dependant on other states and foreign countries for food and would lead to job opportunities for citizens in Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield. After introducing the bill in January and shepherding it through a House committee hearing, a House floor vote, and a Senate committee hearing, Holsman will now turn over the bill to Senator Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) to handle the bill in the Senate chamber.

"I'm excited to see that the bill has gone this far and am looking forward to the opportunity to have this piece of legislation pass the Missouri Senate," said Holsman, "this bill means jobs for Missourians and economic revitalization of the blighted neighborhoods and abandoned buildings in Kansas City and Saint Louis."

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