Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 837

Meat Purchases by State Agencies

Full Description

(Pope-Roberts) Requires state agencies (including UW System), school districts, and technical college districts to give preference in purchasing chicken, turkey, beef, or pork products to suppliers who provide meat from animals that have not been given antibiotics for other than therapeutic reasons.

Referred to Assembly Committee on Public Health.

UW System Position

NEUTRAL: There are probably no direct costs related to giving preference to organic meat purchases as the bill does not require the purchase if costs are higher. However there could be indirect costs associated with monitoring UWS purchases and the purchasing of vendors who supply the UW campuses with these meat products including gravies, broth powders, etc. to determine if costs are “similar”. There is probably not sufficient antibiotic free, organic meat product currently available in the market to meet campus food service needs. Some purchasers estimate that the cost of organic meat products are running about 30% above other product at this time.