The Daily News reports that the House Agriculture Committee approved legislation forcing raw milk dairies to get licensed, but downgraded the penalties a violator would face.
The amendments make a first violation a misdemeanor and further offenses a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in a county jail and a $5,000 fine.
The House agriculture committee also amended the Senate bill to set up a work group to study how to help small farms obtain a state dairy license.