Legislation Archive February 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

AL H.B. 2 (Alabama)
Title: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits, waiver by status of work requirements to receive, prohibited
Introduced February 7, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Hanes (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources from requesting a waiver of federal job requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. This bill would require all able-bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of SNAP benefits to participate in minimum work requirements, a work training program, or volunteer community service and provide limited exemptions from these work requirements. This bill would also require the Department of Human Resources to develop a work training program for recipients of SNAP benefits.
 
AL S.B. 194 (Alabama)
Title: Public assistance, additional requirements for TANF and SNAP benefits, termination of benefits for certain benefits, review of certain EBT card purchases required
Introduced February 16, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Orr (R)
Summary: This bill would further provide for procedures and limitations for various public assistance programs administered by the Department of Human Resources. This bill would limit the resource limit standard for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to the federal asset limits, would further provide disqualification periods for violations of SNAP requirements, including a one-year disqualification period for the third instance of noncompliance with any SNAP requirement, would preclude the department from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing any waiver of work requirements for SNAP benefits, and would preclude the department from granting categorical eligibility for SNAP benefits.
 
AR H.B. 1462 (Arkansas)
Title: To affirm the authority of the General Assembly regarding waivers for SNAP
Introduced February 7, 2017
Sponsor: Representative McCollum (R)
Summary: This bill would affirm the authority of the General Assembly in regards to seeking waivers for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
AZ S.B. 1513 (Arizona)
Title: SNAP; benefit match; farmer’s markets
Filed January 31, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Mendez (D), Bradley (D), Miranda (D), Peshlakai (D), Quezada (D); Reps Andrade (D), Blanc (D), Engel (D), Martinez (D), Powers Hannley (D), Salman (D)
Summary: This bill would establish a fresh food bonus program for enrollees of the supplemental nutrition assistance program that will provide matching monies for an enrollee who purchases fresh fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market.
 
CA A.B. 323 (California)
Title: CalFresh: emergency food provider referrals
Introduced February 07, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Berman (D)
Summary: This bill would authorize a county human services agency to provide a referral to the agency authorized by the Public Utilities Commission for the use of the 2-1-1 dial code to provide information on emergency food providers and supplemental food assistance providers in lieu of providing a list if the county deems that method to be the most appropriate to serve an applicant or recipient.
 
CT H.B. 7166 (Connecticut)
Title: An Act requiring an annual report on supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits
Introduced February 23, 2017
Sponsor: Human Services Committee
Summary: This bill would require the Commissioner of Social Services to report on the number of able-bodied adults without dependents who exceed federal time limits for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits and recommendations to reduce that number.
 
FL H.B. 593 (Florida)
Title: Restrictions on Use of Public Assistance Benefits
Filed January 30, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Massullo (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the use of EBT cards to purchase soft drinks or candy; directs DCF to request federal waiver to prohibit use of SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks or candy.
 
IL H.B. 2384 (Illinois)
Title: Medicaid – SNAP – drug test – LINK
Introduced February 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Skillicorn (R)
Summary: This bill would provide that as a condition of initial eligibility for medical assistance benefits provided under the State's Medical Assistance program or, subject to federal approval, benefits provided under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an applicant must pass a drug screening. Provides that as a condition of continued eligibility for such benefits, a recipient must pass random drug screenings as prescribed by the Department of Human Services. Requires the Department to adopt rules requiring applicants for TANF benefits or SNAP benefits to actively seek work in order to qualify for such benefits. Provides that the rules adopted by the Department shall be in compliance with those rules under the Unemployment Insurance Act and adopted by the Department of Employment Security requiring unemployed individuals to actively seek employment in order to qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. Requires the Department to adopt rules that allow recipients of TANF benefits or SNAP benefits to experience a gradual reduction in benefits as earnings increase. Increases the penalties for using another person's cash assistance benefits or SNAP benefits. Contains provisions requiring photo identification when using a LINK card to obtain SNAP benefits or cash. Provides that no recipient of TANF benefits shall use his or her benefits to purchase lottery tickets or to patronize any casino or licensed establishment that operates video gaming terminals for the purpose of engaging in gambling or video gaming activities.
 
NJ A.B. 4534 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires DHS to take appropriate action to exempt veterans from benefits time limit applicable to able-bodied adults without dependents under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced January 30, 2017
Sponsors: Assemblywomen Tucker (D) and Vainieri Huttle (D)
Summary: This bill would require DHS to take appropriate action to exempt veterans from benefits time limit applicable to able-bodied adults without dependents under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
NV A.B. 91 (Nevada)
Title: Revises provisions governing the administration of welfare and supportive services
Introduced February 6, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Wheeler (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from seeking a waiver or granting exemptions for certain federal requirements relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and require the Department to adopt regulations creating a workfare program.
OR H.B. 3009 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to supplemental nutrition assistance; declaring an emergency
Introduced February 23, 2017
Sponsors: Representative Malstrom (D) and Keny-Guyer (D)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Human Services to seek approval from United States Department of Agriculture to allow students to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits using Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Requires Department of Human Services to adopt temporary rules upon receipt of federal approval.
 
OR H.B. 3010 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; prescribing an effective date
Introduced February 23, 2017
Sponsors: Representative Malstrom (D) and Keny-Guyer (D)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Human Services to seek approval from United States Department of Agriculture to allow unemployed or underemployed post-secondary students to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

SC H.B. 3770 (South Carolina)
Title: Prohibit the Department of Social Services from establishing financial resource limits applicable to determining eligibility for SNAP
Introduced February 15, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Loftis, Burns, Bedingfield, Putnam, G.R. Smith, Elliott, Crawford, Bannister, G.M. Smith and Willis
Summary: This bill would amend the code of laws of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Social Services from establishing financial resource limits applicable to determining eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program that exceed federal limits or exempting households from the resource limits.
 
SD H.B. 1191 (South Dakota)
Title: Require cooperation with the Division of Child Support as a condition of eligibility for the SNAP program
Introduced February 2, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Peterson (Kent), Anderson, Bartling, DiSanto, Haggar, Heinemann, Karr, May, Mickelson, Pischke, Qualm, Rhoden, Steinhauer, and Stevens and Senators Jensen (Phil), Greenfield (Brock), Haverly, Partridge, Peters, Rusch, Solano, and Sutton
Summary: This bill requires cooperation with the Division of Child Support as a condition of eligibility for the SNAP program.
 
TN H.B. 1215 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, requires the commissioner of human services to study and report recommendations to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house of representatives concerning options for reducing or prohibiting the purchase of harmful products with no or little nutritional value by recipients of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Introduced February 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Hicks (R)
Summary: This bill would require that on or before January 31, 2018, the commissioner of human services shall study and report any appropriate recommendations to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house of representatives concerning options for reducing or prohibiting the purchase of harmful products with no or little nutritional value by recipients of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program using those benefits. Companion bill to TN S.B. 504.
 
TN S.B. 504 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, requires the commissioner of human services to study and report recommendations to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house of representatives concerning options for reducing or prohibiting the purchase of harmful products with no or little nutritional value by recipients of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Tracy (R)
Summary: This bill would require that on or before January 31, 2018, the commissioner of human services shall study and report any appropriate recommendations to the health and welfare committee of the senate and the health committee of the house of representatives concerning options for reducing or prohibiting the purchase of harmful products with no or little nutritional value by recipients of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program using those benefits. Companion bill to TN H.B. 1215.
 
TN H.B. 1218 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, prohibits the department of human services from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing a federal waiver of work requirements for adults in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Introduced February 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Hicks (R)
Summary: This bill would amend Tennessee Code to prohibit the department of human services from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing any waiver of requirements established under 7 U.S.C. § 2015(o). Companion bill TN S.B. 505.
 
TN S.B. 505 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, prohibits the department of human services from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing a federal waiver of work requirements for adults in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Tracy (R)
Summary: This bill would amend Tennessee Code to prohibit the department of human services from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing any waiver of requirements established under 7 U.S.C. § 2015(o). Companion bill TN H.B. 1218.

TN S.B. 365 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, requires the Tennessee education lottery corporation to provide information to the department of human services for each person who wins a prize of more than $5,000; requires the department of human services to conduct data matches against certain databases to determine SNAP eligibility; requires the bureau of TennCare to verify enrollee information against certain databases once an automated, electronic eligibility system is implemented.
Introduced February 6, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Roberts (R)
Summary: This bill would require data matching for SNAP eligibility.

TX H.B. 842 (Texas)
Title: Relating to prohibiting the purchase of certain food and drink items under the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced February 21, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Burrows (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the purchase of certain food and drink items under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
 
TX H.B. 1533 (Texas)
Title: Relating to the exclusion of certain resources in determining eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced February 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Farrar (D)
Summary: This bill would exclude certain resources in determining eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
 
VT H.B. 129 (Vermont)
Title: An act relating to providing educational materials on nutrition to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced January 26, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Weed (D)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health to develop educational materials on nutrition and the Department for Children and Families to deliver the educational materials to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
VT H.B. 271 (Vermont)
Title: An act relating to administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced February 15, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Pugh (D) and Haas (P)
Summary: This bill would require the State to maximize participant eligibility and simplify the administrative burden on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants and participants. It also creates the SNAP Advisory Council.
 
WI A.B. 57 (Wisconsin)
Title: Requiring child support compliance for FoodShare benefits
Introduced February 6, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Sanfelippo, Allen, Brandtjen, E. Brooks, Duchow, Gannon, Hutton, Jacque, Katsma, Kleefisch, Knodl, Kremer, Krug, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Murphy, Ott, Skowronski, Spiros, Thiesfeldt and Wichgers
Summary: This bill would require child support compliance for SNAP FoodShare benefits.
 
WV H.B. 2132 (West Virginia)
Title: Limiting able-bodied adults without dependents receipt of SNAP benefits to three months in a thirty-six month period
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Folk (R), McGeehan (R), and Sobonya (R)
Summary: This bill would limit able-bodied adults without dependents receipt of SNAP benefits to three months in a thirty-six month period, except in months in which the recipient is working, or is participating in a work, educational, or volunteer program for at least twenty hours per week; the Department of Health and Human Resources shall not request a waiver to provide SNAP benefits to able-bodied adults without dependents.
 
WV H.B. 2175 (West Virginia)
Title: Requiring recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program be issued a photo identification card
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Rodighiero (D) and Hicks (D)
Summary: This bill would require that recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are issued a photo identification card and establish criminal penalties for misuse.
 
WV S.B. 60 (West Virginia)
Title: Relating to eligibility and fraud requirements for public assistance
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Gaunch (R), Trump (R), Boso (R), Blair (R), Facemire (D), Rucker (R), Jeffries (D), Sypolt (R)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health and Human Resources to implement work requirements for applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); require discontinuance of a federal waiver; set forth what meets work requirements; set out exceptions to work requirements; provide for a good cause exception; allow for a federal waiver to meet the requirements of this section; provide for rule making for suspension of benefits for noncompliance; provide for an asset test for SNAP benefits; require accessing information of various federal, state and miscellaneous sources; prohibit payment of SNAP benefits in specified instances.

 

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

CT H.B. 7068 (Connecticut)
Title: An Act concerning the participation of non-profit farmers in the WIC and senior farmers’ market nutrition vouchers program
Introduced February 16, 2017
Sponsor: Committee on Environment
Summary: This bill would make the pilot program allowing participation of non-profit farmers in the WIC and senior farmers’ market nutrition voucher program permanent.

 

Assistance Programs - General

RI S.B. 279 (Rhode Island)
Title: An Act relating to human services - public assistance
Introduced February 15, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Kettle (R), Morgan (R), Paolino (R), Cote (D)
Summary: This act would require retailers to examine photo identification to verify that a buyer presenting an EBT card is in fact the person entitled to use the card. It further provides that a retailer who neglects to perform such verification shall be suspended from the program for one month.

TN H.B. 1220 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, authorizes a voluntary photo identification electronic benefit card (EBT) program for the food stamp program; creates offense of trafficking in EBT cards. 
Introduced February 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Hicks (R)
Summary: This bill would require the department to implement a program for the voluntary use of photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards in the food stamp program. Companion bill TN S.B. 411.

TN S.B. 411 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, authorizes a voluntary photo identification electronic benefit card (EBT) program for the food stamp program; creates offense of trafficking in EBT cards.
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Tracy (R)
Summary: This bill would require the department to implement a program for the voluntary use of photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards in the food stamp program.
Companion bill TN H.B. 1220.

TX H.B. 148 (Texas)
Title: Relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs
Introduced February 13, 2017
Sponsor: Representatives Schaefer (R)
Summary: This bill would relate to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs.

 

Child Nutrition

NV S.B. 3 (Nevada)
Title: Revises provisions governing the Breakfast After the Bell Program that provides breakfast to certain pupils at public schools
Introduced February 6, 2017
Sponsor: Committee on Finance
Summary: This bill would revise provisions governing participation by public schools in the Breakfast After the Bell Program.
 
OH S.B. 54 (Ohio)
Title: To require school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions
Introduced February 14, 2017
Sponsor: Senator E. Brown (D)
Summary: This bill would require school districts to allow approved summer food service program sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.
 
OR H.B. 2652 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to school meal programs; declaring an emergency
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Doherty (D)
Summary: This bill would allow the Department of Education to enter into a written agreement with a school district that qualifies under the Community Eligibility Provision of the federal National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1)) to reimburse the school district for the portion of the cost of providing meals to students that is not reimbursed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
 
WA S.B. 5696 (Washington)
Title: Concerning breakfast after the bell programs
Introduced February 3, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Wellman (D), Fain (R), Warnick (R), Walsh (R), Zeiger (R), Keiser (D), Carlyle (D), Pedersen (D), Conway (D), Chase (D), Kuderer (D)
Summary: This bill would establish a process for providing breakfast after the bell in high needs schools in the 2018-19 school year.
 
WA S.B. 5708 (Washington)
Title: Creating a competitive equipment assistance grant program to enhance student nutrition in public schools
Introduced February 3, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Walsh (R), Billig (D), Kuderer (D)
Summary: This bill would support equipment assistance grants to enhance student nutrition in public schools.
 
WV H.B. 2172 (West Virginia)
Title: Providing that school nutrition plans include take home meals for low income students
Introduced February 8, 2017
Sponsors: Delegates Rodighiero, Hicks, Marcum, Eldridge
Summary: This bill is related to the West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act; providing that school nutrition plans include take home meals for low income students or any student who requests take home meals.