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Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA HB 168 - Expand access to healthy foods
Summary:Would create a Community Development Financial Institution to develop and implement flexible financing programs, including loans, grants, and technical assistance to support the development, renovation, and expansion of food stores, farmers markets and other retailers selling healthy, fresh and locally-grown food in underserved communities.
Sponsor(s):Representative Linda Dorcena Forrey (D)
Status:
As of 6/12/2013: Re-drafted as HB 3504, included in database
As of 4/24/2013: Public hearing scheduled for May 9, 2013
As of 2/18/2013: Referred to Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses
As of 2/18/2013: January 18, 2013 - Filed

Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA SB 380 - Act relative to food trusts
Summary:Defines a food trust as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI); would create a CDFI to develop and implement flexible financing programs, including loans, grants, and technical assistance to support the development, renovation, and expansion of supermarkets, farmers markets, and other retailers selling healthy foods within underserved communities.
Sponsor(s):Senator Michael O. Moore (D)
Status:
As of 11/12/2013: Referred to Committee on Ways and Means
As of 11/7/2013: Passed by Committee
As of 2/18/2013: Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture
As of 2/18/2013: January 17, 2013 - Filed

Federal/State:Massachusetts
Bill:MA HB 3504 - Expand access to healthy foods and create the Massachusetts Food Trust
Summary:Would create a dedicated Massachusetts Food Trust Program. The purpose of this program shall be to establish a financing infrastructure that increases access to healthy food options and improves economic opportunities for nutritionally underserved communities in urban, rural and suburban localities across the Commonwealth.
Sponsor(s):Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses
Status:
As of 6/12/2013: Replaces HB 168, passed by Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, referred to Committee on Ways and Means