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Legislation Updates

Monthly legislation updates tracking state and federal policies relating to food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), child nutrition, and other incentive programs are provided below. Legislation update archive is available here.

August 2017

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

CONG US S 1707 (Federal)
Title: SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act of 2017
Introduced August 2, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Gillibrand (D-NY)
Summary: This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for a standard medical expense deduction under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
 
CONG US S 1708 (Federal)
Title: To Amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008
Introduced August 2, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Gillibrand (D-NY)
Summary: This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide that certain students who are family caregivers are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
 
FL H.B. 47 (Florida)
Title: Restrictions on Use of Public Assistance Benefits
Filed August 18, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Massullo (R)
Summary: This bill would require DCF to request a waiver to prohibit use of SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks & to renew its request annually until a waiver is granted.

 

Child Nutrition 

NJ A.B. 3056 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires DEP to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste; extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" immunity protections to public and nonpublic schools
**Adopted August 7, 2017**
Sponsors: Representatives Taliaferro (D), Dancer (R), Houghtaling (D), Space (R), Andrzejczak (D), Webber (R), Allen (R), Greenstein (D), Bateman (R), Smith (D), Wimberly (D)
Summary: This bill requires Department of Environmental Protection to establish voluntary guidelines for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste and extends "Food Bank Good Samaritan Act" immunity protections to public and nonpublic schools.
 
OR H.B. 3454 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to school meals; and declaring an emergency
**Adopted August 8, 2017**
Sponsors: Representatives McLane (R), Clem (D)
Summary: This bill relates to school meals and prohibits the public identification or stigmatization of a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes money for a meal by requiring that the student wear a wristband, hand stamp or other identifying marker; or by serving the student an alternative meal; or by requiring a student who cannot pay for a meal or who owes money for a meal do chores or other work to pay for meals.

OR H.B. 2038 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to school food programs; and declaring an emergency
**Adopted August 2, 2017**
Sponsors: Representatives Clem (D), Smith (R)
Summary: This bill establishes a farm to school grant program. The grant program will operate: (a) As a noncompetitive grant to assist school districts with paying for costs incurred by the school district to purchase food produced or processed in the state; or (b) As a competitive grant to fund food-based, agriculture-based and garden-based educational activities in the school district.