If there is one thing an Austin liberal, a rural conservativeand a tea party favorite can agree upon, it’s food — especially when it’s locally produced.
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin and chairman of the Legislature’s new Farm to Table Caucus, has been working with the caucus vice chair, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, and other members, including tea party sweetheart Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, on an assortment of food-related bills. The unlikely threesome have filed — or are planning to file — measures dealing with everything from reducing taxes on small farms, to making it legal for small producers to offer samples at farmers markets, to limiting fees that farmers can be charged at those markets.
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