An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy (2014)

A bill to provide incentives for ‘food hubs’–places for local farmers to aggregate, minimally process and distribute their products to large institutions like schools and hospitals–passed the legislature overwhelmingly. Food hubs can help our small farms feed more of the state and provide growing school children with nutritious food grown right here in Maine. Despite the bill being enacted in the House by 120-19 and in the Senate by 33-0, the Governor vetoed the bill. The Senate voted to override the veto but the override vote in the House failed by two votes (98 votes were needed to override), and the bill died. The veto override roll call votes are scored.