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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. Please note, we’ve included all bills related to food assistance in this section. Some of the bills strengthen federal food programs while others are detrimental and would weaken the food assistance safety net. This legislation update is provided by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Legislation update archive is available here.

December 2017

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

CONG US H.R. 4521 (Federal)
Title: SNAP Simplification for the Elderly Act
Introduced December 1, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Lawson (D-FL)
Summary: This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to simplify the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recertification process for the elderly and disabled, and to spur innovation in the application processes of SNAP, the Medicare Savings Program, and supplemental security income that will increase the utilization of entitlement programs among the most vulnerable of populations.

AL H.B. 6 (Alabama)
Title: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, able bodied adults without dependents, work requirements imposed to receive benefits
Introduced January 9, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Hanes (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources from requesting a waiver of federal work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). This bill would require all able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of SNAP benefits to participate in minimum work requirements, provide documentation of engaging in work training, or participate in volunteer community service and would provide limited exemptions from these work requirements
 
FL H.M. 847 (Florida)
Title: Prohibit Use of SNAP Benefits to Purchase Soft Drinks
Filed November 30, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Massullo (R)
Summary: This bill would urge Congress to prohibit the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soft drinks.
 
FL S.M. 1016 (Florida)
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs
Filed November 28, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Bean (R)
Summary: This bill would urge Congress to prohibit the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soft drinks, etc.
 
IL H.B. 4181 (Illinois)
Title: DHS-LINK CARD-PHOTO ID 
Filed December 14, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Reis (R)
Summary: This bill would require that on and after January 1, 2019, electronic benefits transfer ("LINK") cards used to obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or cash shall contain the name and photo of the primary cardholder and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card.
 
MO H.B. 1486 (Missouri)
Title: Modifies provisions relating to work requirements for the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Prefiled December 5, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Kelly (R)
Summary: This bill would modify provisions relating to work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
MO S.B. 561 (Missouri)
Title: Modifies the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Prefiled December 1, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Sater (R)
Summary: This bill would modify the law relating to work requirements for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
MO S.B. 610 (Missouri)
Title: Prohibits an individual from participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program if he or she is delinquent in child support
Prefiled December 1, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Hoskins (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit an individual from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if he or she is delinquent in child support.
 
NH H.B. 1798 (New Hampshire)
Title: Relative to eligibility for food stamps/supplemental nutrition assistance
Prefiled December 9, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Morrison (R), Horn (R), Avard (R), McCarthy (R), Vose (R), Binford (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the state from waiving the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive food stamp benefits.
 
NH H.B. 1804 (New Hampshire)
Title: Relative to work requirements for able-bodied adults for public assistance programs
Prefiled December 13, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Kurk (R)
Summary: This bill would revise work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the New Hampshire employment program to correspond with the work requirements for participation in the New Hampshire health protection program.
 
WI A.B. 702 (Wisconsin)
Title: Photo identification cards for FoodShare recipients
Introduced November 29, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Kremer (R), Ott (R), Bernier (R), Born (R), Brandtjen (R), Hutton (R), Jacque (R), Kerkma (R)n, Kitchens (R), Knodl (R), Kuglitsch (R), Murphy (R), Petersen (R), Rohrkaste (R), Sanfelippo (R), Tittl (R), Tusler (R) and Wichgers (R)
Summary: This bill would require photo identification cards for FoodShare recipients.
 
WI S.B. 624 (Wisconsin)
Title: Photo identification cards for FoodShare recipients
Introduced December 7, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Nass (R), Kapenga (R), Stroebel (R), Wanggaard (R), Craig (R)
Summary: This bill would require photo identification cards for FoodShare recipients.

 

Child Nutrition 

NJ A.B. 4908 (New Jersey)
Title: Directs Department of Agriculture in consultation with DOE to establish online applications for National School Lunch Program and school breakfast programs
Amended/Substituted November 30, 2017
Sponsors: Assembly members Lampitt (D), Holley (D), Mosquera (D), Singleton (D), Wimberly (D)
Summary: This bill directs the Department of Agriculture in consultation with Department of Education to establish online applications for National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast programs.
 
NJ S.B. 3372 (New Jersey)
Title: Directs Department of Agriculture in consultation with DOE to establish online applications for National School Lunch Program and school breakfast programs
Amended/Substituted November 30, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Ruiz (D)
Summary: This bill directs the Department of Agriculture in consultation with Department of Education to establish online applications for National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast programs.

WA S.B. 6003 (Washington)
Title: Concerning breakfast after the bell programs in certain public schools
Prefiled December 6, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Wellman (D)
Summary: This bill would make changes and add new sections to the statutes dictating the breakfast after the bell programs in certain public schools.
 
VA H.B. 50 (Virginia)
Title: Local school boards; school meal policies
Prefiled November 30, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Hope (D)
Summary: This bill would require each local school board to adopt policies that (i) prohibit school board employees from publicly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal at school or who owes a meal debt, including requiring that such student wear a wristband or hand stamp; (ii) prohibit school board employees from requiring a student who cannot pay for a meal at school or who owes a school meal debt to do chores or other work to pay for such meals; and (iii) require school board employees to direct any communication relating to a school meal debt to the student's parent, which may be made by a letter addressed to the parent to be sent home with the student.