Sponsor of Maine's raw milk bill says changes to state law still in committee


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AUGUSTA, Maine — The sponsor of a Maine bill that would change the way the state regulates raw milk sales says the legislation needs more work in committee before it can go to the House of Representatives for a vote.

Representative William Noon's bill would allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk directly to customers without a license. The bill only applies to farmers who sell to consumers at their farm. It requires the farmers to take a sanitation course and prohibits them from advertising.

Noon says the bill needs to be refined in the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry before it goes out for a vote. The committee voted 7-6 to recommend that the law change not pass. Noon did not speculate on when the bill might get a vote.

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