Food pantries and other interested parties have expressed concern about the liability surrounding donations of certain foods. Until recently, they worried Texas law may inadvertently have discouraged wholesome food donations to charitable organizations out of fear of litigation.
It was extremely disheartening to hear charities share how the fear of lawsuits was limiting their ability to help those suffering from hunger.
To address these concerns, I worked with Representative James White of Woodville to sponsor House Bill 1050 in the Texas Senate. This legislation removed the barriers that discouraged wholesome food donations. Specifically, the bill makes clear that a person is not subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the donation of apparently wholesome food.
I’m happy to report that this legislation passed the Senate unanimously, was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 16, 2015, and is now currently the law in Texas.
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