Argall Bill Eliminating Potato Package Weight Restrictions Clears Senate, Heads to House

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would remove weight limit restrictions on potato packages for sale in Pennsylvania unanimously cleared the Senate on Tuesday, according to the bill’s sponsor Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

“This commonsense reform will allow customers to dictate how big of a potato package they may purchase at the grocery store or farmers market,” Argall said. “This will remove some of the bureaucratic red tape that drives people crazy – and rightfully so.”

Under current law, customers may only purchase potatoes in bags of less than 3 pounds, 3, 5, 10 ,15, 20, 25, 50 and multiples of 100 pounds in Pennsylvania. New York potato farmers have found popular demand of 8 pound bags, which is currently illegal in Pennsylvania.

“The market should dictate potato sales, not some antiquated law that serves no purpose for the people of Pennsylvania,” Argall said.

Senate Bill 1131 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.