Legislation Archive January 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

AR H.B. 1035 (Arkansas)
Title: An Act to create the Arkansas Healthy Food Improvement Act; to restrict food stamp benefits to healthy foods; and for other purposes
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsors: Representative Bentley (R) Senator Bledsoe (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the Department of Human Services to use benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for foods, food products, and beverages with insufficient nutritional value.
 
AZ H.B. 2091 (Arizona)
Title: TANF; SNAP; finger imaging; repeal
Filed January 11, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Allen (R)
Summary: TANF; SNAP; finger imaging; repeal.

CT H.B. 5268 (Connecticut)
Title: An Act eliminating waivers from work requirements for supplemental nutrition assistance for non-exempt, able-bodied adults without dependents
Introduced January 6, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Zawistowski (R)
Summary: This bill would eliminate waivers from work requirements for the supplemental nutrition assistance program for able-bodied adults without dependents not exempt under federal law.
 
CT H.B. 5366 (Connecticut)
Title: An Act instituting a five-year ban on SNAP benefits for person convicted of drug felonies
Introduced January 10, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Berthel (R)
Summary: This bill would prevent drug felons from receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for a period of five years after their convictions.

HI H.B. 1227 (Hawaii)
Title: Relating to Medicaid providers
Introduced January 24, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Morikawa (D), Brower (D), Creagan (D), Decoite (D), Evans (D), Kobayashi (D), Lowen (D), McKelvey (D), Mizuno (D), Nakashima (D), Onishi (D), Takayama (D), Takumi (D), Todd (D), Tokioka (D), Woodson (D)
Summary: This bill would authorize health care providers under the state Medicaid program to ask about supplemental nutrition assistance program (food stamp) participation on Medicaid certification and re-certification forms.

IL S.B. 77 (Illinois)
Title: Medicaid-SNAP-Drug test-LINK
Introduced January 12, 2017
Sponsor: Senator McCarter (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides 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.

IL S.B. 79 (Illinois)
Title: DHS-Medicaid-SNAP-Drug testing
Introduced January 12, 2017
Sponsor: Senator McCarter (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides 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 (i) provide notice of drug testing to each applicant at the time of application; (ii) advise each applicant, before the test is conducted, that the applicant may, but shall not be required to, advise the agent administering the test of any prescription or over-the-counter medication the applicant is taking; (iii) ensure each applicant being tested a reasonable degree of dignity while producing and submitting a sample for drug testing, consistent with the need of the State to ensure the reliability of the sample; (iii) provide any applicant who tests positive with a list of licensed substance abuse treatment providers; and other matters. Provides that an applicant who tests positive and is denied medical assistance benefits or SNAP benefits as a result may reapply for those benefits after 6 months if the applicant verifies the successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program. Exempts persons with children in the assistance unit, persons with disabilities, persons who are 65 year of age or older, or persons who reside at a facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act or the ID/DD Community Care Act from the drug testing requirements.
 
IL H.B. 403 (Illinois)
Title: DHS-LINK card-photo ID
Introduced January 12, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Reis (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that on and after January 1, 2018, electronic benefits transfer ("LINK") cards used to obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 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. Establishes that an individual may only use the LINK card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms that he or she is a secondary user listed on the card. Provides that on the effective date of the amendatory Act the Department of Human Services shall begin the process of transitioning to the use of LINK cards which contain the name and photo of the primary cardholder and list the names of all authorized users of the card. Requires the transition to be completed no later than January 1, 2018.

IN H.B. 1151 (Indiana)
Title: SNAP benefits
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Taylor (D)
Summary: This bill would remove the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements for reentry court program participants. Provides that individuals who were receiving SNAP through a reentry court program continue to receive SNAP until the individual: (1) no longer meets the SNAP eligibility requirements; or (2) has received SNAP for the maximum period allowed. Allows individuals convicted of a drug offense to be eligible to participate in SNAP under the federal opt out option.
 
IN H.B. 1393 (Indiana)
Title: Administration of human services
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Frizzell (R)
Summary: This bill would provide enhanced eligibility verification, real-time eligibility monitoring, and enhanced authentication requirements for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) and Medicaid program and reports to the legislative council concerning the impact of these requirements. 
 
IN H.B. 1399 (Indiana)
Title: Low cost food plan
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Lawson (D)
Summary: This bill would require the division of family resources to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for and distribute SNAP benefits to eligible recipients using the low cost food plan developed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
 
IN S.B. 9 (Indiana)
Title: Supplemental nutrition assistance program and drug convictions
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Merritt (R)
Summary: This bill specifies that Indiana elects to opt out of the federal law prohibiting individuals convicted of certain drug offenses from receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) assistance.
 
IN S.B. 154 (Indiana)
Title: Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility
Introduced January 4, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Merritt (R), Baker (R), Ford (R), Stoops (D)
Summary: This bill would require the division of family resources to: (1) implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category, which does not consider an individual's value of assets in determining SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP.
 
IN S.B. 528 (Indiana)
Title: Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Stoops (D)
Summary: This bill would require the division of family resources to: (1) implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category under which an individual's value of assets is not considered in determining SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP.
 
MN S.F. 331 (Minnesota)
Title: Supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) asset limitations modification
Introduced January 26, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Fischbach (R)
Summary: This bill relates to supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) asset limitations modification.
 
MS H.B. 97 (Mississippi)
Title: SNAP recipients; must take TABE exam and achieve certain scores before will be exempt from work requirements
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would provide that a recipient of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) shall not be exempt from the work requirements for the program until after the recipient take the test of adult basic education (TABE) and achieves a score at or above the 12th grade level in each category; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 99 (Mississippi)
Title: Health and human services agencies; require to prepare video with nutrition and healthy eating information for benefit recipients
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Human Services, State Department of Health and the Division of Medicaid to prepare a video for presentation in the offices in which TANF benefits, SNAP benefits, food through the WIC program, Medicaid assistance and CHIP benefits are provided by those agencies; to provide that the video shall provide information about proper nutrition, healthy eating habits, prevention and reducing obesity, and the importance of breast-feeding infants; to provide that applicants for and recipients of those benefits may view the video in the office of the agency; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 102 (Mississippi)
Title: Health and human services agencies; require to prepare videos with certain information for benefit recipients & others
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Human Services, State Department of Health and the division of Medicaid to prepare videos for presentation in the offices in which TANF benefits, SNAP benefits, food through the WIC program, Medicaid assistance and CHIP benefits are provided by those agencies; to provide that the videos shall provide information on prenatal health care, sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence education, preventative birth control, marriage education, parenting skills, family preservation and fatherhood and other related subjects, for distribution to certain persons and entities and to the public upon request; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 106 (Mississippi)
Title: DHS; seek federal waivers to require SNAP recipients to present photo ID when making purchases
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Dixon (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Mississippi Department of Human Services to seek federal waivers necessary to require recipients of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits to present photo identification when the recipient uses his or her SNAP electronic benefits transfer card to make a purchase; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 163 (Mississippi)
Title: Health and human services agencies; require to prepare videos with certain information for benefit recipients & others
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Human Services, State Department of Health and the division of Medicaid to prepare a video for presentation in the offices in which TANF benefits, SNAP benefits, food through the WIC program, and Medicaid assistance are provided by those agencies; to provide that the video shall provide information about proper nutrition, healthy eating habits, prevention of and reducing obesity, and the importance of breast-feeding infants; to provide that applicants for and recipients of those benefits may view the video in the office of the agency; to provide that those agencies also shall prepare videos with information on prenatal health care, sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence education, preventative birth control, marriage education, parenting skills, family preservation and fatherhood and other related subjects, for distribution to certain persons and entities and to the public upon request; and for related purposes.

MS H.B. 963 (Mississippi)
Title: Parental involvement in schools; discontinue benefits and public assistance to families failing to maintain
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Blackmon (D)
Summary: This bill would amend section 43-17-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefits to be discontinued when the parents of a compulsory-school-age child in a recipient family fails to maintain reasonable parental involvement in the child's school; to amend section 41-86-15, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require benefits under the state child health plan to be discontinued when the parent of a recipient compulsory-school-age child fails to maintain reasonable parental involvement in the child's school; to amend section 43-1-29.1, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require assistance under the supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) to be discontinued when the parent of a compulsory-school-age child in a recipient family fails to maintain reasonable parental involvement in the child's school; and for related purposes.
 
MS S.B. 2089 (Mississippi)
Title: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and (SNAP) Programs; impose certain restrictions on expenditures and eligibility
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Hill (R)
Summary: This bill would amend section 43-17-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, to impose certain restrictions affecting a person's eligibility for TANF assistance; to prohibit TANF recipients from purchasing certain items with their benefits; to limit TANF ATM withdrawals, to impose certain residency requirements for TANF eligibility; to impose certain work requirements on TANF recipients; to impose certain limitations on the allowable period of TANF eligibility; to impose certain restrictions affecting a person's eligibility and expenditures under the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP); and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 1090 (Mississippi)
Title: Act to Restore Hope Opportunity and Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE)
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Brown (R)
Summary: This bill would be known as the Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act; to revise various provisions relating to the Medicaid program, the Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 1188 (Mississippi)
Title: TANF and SNAP benefit applicants; require referral of those eligible for work program to the Department of Employment Security
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Foster (R)
Summary: This bill would amend section 43-1-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that any applicant for or recipient of TANF benefits or SNAP benefits who is eligible to participate in a work program shall be referred to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security under the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and the Mississippi Comprehensive Workforce Training and Education Consolidation Act of 2004; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 1193 (Mississippi)
Title: SNAP benefits; direct DHS to revise formula used to calculate to increase benefit amount for elderly persons
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Myers (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Department of Human Services to revise the formula that is used to calculate the benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to increase the amount on monthly benefits for persons age sixty-five years and older; and for related purposes.
 
MS H.B. 1196 (Mississippi)
Title: DHS; seek waivers to implement system to limit SNAP food purchases to percent of food groups in federal nutrition guide
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would direct the Mississippi Department of Human Services to seek federal waivers necessary to develop and implement a system under which limits will be placed on purchases of food by recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits so that the recipients will not be able to purchase in any month more than the percentage of each food group in the current MyPlate nutrition guide of the United States Department of Agriculture; and for related purposes.
 
MS S.B. 2838 (Mississippi)
Title: Eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and (SNAP) Programs; childless adults must work to get food stamps
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Watson (R)
Summary: This bill would amend section 43-17-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, to impose certain restrictions affecting a person's eligibility for TANF assistance; to impose certain work requirements on TANF recipients who are able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS); to impose certain restrictions affecting a person's eligibility and expenditures under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and for related purposes.
 
MS S.B. 2879 (Mississippi)
Title: SNAP recipients; must take TABE exam and achieve certain scores before will be exempt from work requirements
Introduced January 16, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Blackmon (D)
Summary: This bill would provide that a recipient of benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shall not be exempt from the work requirements for the program until after the recipient takes the test of adult basic education (TABE) and achieves a score at or above the 12th grade level in each category; and for related purposes.
 
MT H.B. 153 (Montana)
Title: Require DPHHS to seek a waiver to prohibit using SNAP benefits for energy drinks
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Ricci (R)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Public Health and Human Services to request a waiver to prohibit the use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits for the purchase of energy drinks.
 
NE L.B. 358 (Nebraska)
Title: Change income eligibility provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced January 13, 2017
Sponsor: Senator McCollister (R)
Summary: This bill is for an act relating to public assistance; to amend section 268-1017.02, Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2016; to change 3 provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 4 Program; to harmonize provisions; and to repeal the original 5 section.

OR S.B. 119 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Riley (D)
Summary: This bill relates to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
 
TX H.B. 842 (Texas)
Title: Relating to prohibiting the purchase of certain food and drink items under the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced January 5, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Burrows (R)
Summary: This bill relates to prohibiting the purchase of certain food and drink items under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
 
TX H.B. 1126 (Texas)
Title: Relating to work requirements for the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced January 18, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Springer (R)
Summary: This bill relates to work requirements for the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
 
TN H.B. 91 (Tennessee)
Title: Welfare - As introduced, requires certain amounts of work, community service, education, or job-seeking activities for recipients of food assistance (SNAP) unless certain exemptions apply. - Amends TCA Title 71
Introduced January 20, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Van Huss (R)
Summary: This bill would amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 71, relative to participation in certain public assistance programs.

VA H.B. 2305 (Virginia)
Title: SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced January 12, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Orrock, Sr. (R)
Summary: This bill relates to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Resources from applying for, accepting, or renewing any statewide or local waivers of the eligibility requirements for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
VA H.B. 2408 (Virginia)
Title: Supplemental nutrition assistance program; eligibility criteria
Introduced January 19, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Head (R)
Summary: This bill relates to supplemental nutrition assistance program; eligibility criteria. Sets out eligibility criteria for participation in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.
 
VA S.B. 1482 (Virginia)
Title: SHHR; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Sturtevant, Jr. (R)
Summary: This bill relates to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources; certain waivers under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Resources from applying for, accepting, or renewing any statewide or local waivers of the eligibility requirements for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 

 

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.

NY S.B. 806 (New York)
Title: Requires regulations to notify vendors of WIC reimbursement discrepancies and the reason for such discrepancy
Introduced January 4, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Alcantara (D)
Summary: This bill would require regulations to notify vendors of WIC reimbursement discrepancies and the reason for such discrepancy; prohibits fees for rejected or bounced checks; relates to a method for collecting the difference between the total submitted for reimbursement and the authorized value of the WIC check.
 
NY S.B. 1067 (New York)
Title: Relates to access to the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children relating to specialty formula
Introduced January 6, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Klein (D)
Summary: This bill relates to access to the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children relating to specialty formula; relates to the effectiveness thereof.
 
OR H.B. 2438 (Oregon)
Title: Relates to access to the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children relating to specialty formula
Prefiled January 10, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Parrish (R) and Nearman (R)
Summary: This bill relates to foods of minimal nutritional value; declaring an emergency.

 

Assistance Programs - General

CA A.B. 164 (California)
Title: Food assistance
Introduced January 13, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Arambula (D)
Summary: This bill would add Chapter 10.05 (commencing with Section 18929) to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to food assistance.

IL H.B. 404 (Illinois)
Title: Pub aid – Undocumented immigrant
Introduced January 12, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Reis (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that subject to federal approval, no person who is an undocumented immigrant shall qualify for any benefits or assistance provided under the Code, including, but not limited to, any benefits or assistance provided under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Child Care Assistance Program, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and the medical assistance program.

MS H.B. 235 (Mississippi)
Title: Public assistance; require fathers of children receiving to participate in DHS Responsible Fatherhood Initiative program
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would require the fathers of children who are recipients of certain public assistance benefits to participate in the responsible fatherhood initiative program conducted by the Department of Human Services for a minimum of four hours per month for twelve months; and for related purposes.

 

Child Nutrition

FD CRS H.R. 5003 (Federal)
Title: Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016
Introduced January 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Rokita (R - IN)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to reauthorize and modify: (1) child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other institutional food service programs; and (2) the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
 
AL H.B. 53 (Alabama)
Title: Schools, nutrition, federal funds, use for farm to school program for farm products
Introduced January 25, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Beech (D)
Summary: This bill would specify that federal funds for school nutrition may be used for the purchase of farm products pursuant to federal law and would specify that the exception to the competitive bid process for local boards of education for the purchase of unprocessed agricultural products for school lunchrooms would be based on the federal small purchase threshold in 41 U.S.C. §403(11).
 
CA S.B. 138 (California)
Title: School meal programs: free and reduced-price meals
Introduced January 13, 2017
Sponsor: Senator McGuire (D)
Summary: This bill would amend Section 49562 of, and to add Section 49563 to, the Education Code, relating to school meals.
 
MD H.B. 273 (Maryland)
Title: Summer Meals Expansion Grant Program
Introduced January 23, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Queen (D)
Summary: This bill would establish the Summer Meals Expansion Program.
MS H.B. 103 (Mississippi)
Title: School nutrition; require school districts to serve low-fat meals and snacks to students diagnosed as overweight
Introduced January 3, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Scott (D)
Summary: This bill would amend section 37-13-137, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require the State Board of Education to adopt a regulation requiring local school districts to provide low-fat snacks and meals to children diagnosed by a physician as overweight and to children whose parents request only low-fat snacks and meals for their children; to require the State Board of Education to adopt a regulation addressing food sales outside of the Child Nutrition School Breakfast and Lunch Programs which are made available at the discretion of the local school district; and for related purposes.
 
NY S.B. 2724 (New York)
Title: Authorizes schools to screen for childhood obesity as part of their health services
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Klein (D)
Summary: This bill would amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the screening for childhood obesity and instruction in good health and reducing the incidence of obesity.
 
NY S.B. 2760 (New York)
Title: Omnibus obesity and respiratory illness reduction act
Introduced January 17, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Klein (D)
Summary: This bill would enact the "omnibus obesity and respiratory illness reduction act"; provides for the screening for childhood obesity by elementary and secondary schools and promotes the availability of certain healthy foods and beverages; provides for the regulation of the use of trans fats and requires the provision of nutritional information by food service facilities; requires instruction in schools on good health practices; includes certain respiratory diseases and obesity in disease management demonstration programs; enacts provisions to reduce the incidence of certain respiratory diseases; enacts provisions to prevent in-utero exposure to tobacco smoke; provides for the use of inhalers and nebulizers by certain students; provides for residential real property smoking policies; expands the collection and reporting of data on obesity in the state; directs the health research science board to study obesity and respiratory diseases; provides for expanded obesity prevention and screening; expands ease of breastfeeding in child day care centers and at work; establishes the obesity and respiratory disease research and education fund; relates to the use of school facilities by not-for-profit and charitable organizations for after school programs; includes weight management and physical fitness in wellness programs; requires day care centers to provide healthy foods and exercise; provides for a state office building bicycle parking and storage facilities expansion and inventory plan and creates a temporary bicycle commuting task force; authorizes school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food to local voluntary food assistance programs.
 
NY S.B. 3035 (New York)
Title: Creates the school-to-pantry donation credit
Introduced January 19, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Ritchie (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the education law, in relation to creating the school-to-pantry donation credit.
 
WA H.B. 1508 (Washington)
Title: Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs
Introduced January 6, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Stonier, Dolan, Ortiz-Self, Riccelli, Orwall, Peterson, Sawyer, Doglio, Gregerson, Slatter, Frame, Macri, Bergquist, Senn, Ryu, Kloba, Stanford, Sells, Farrell, Lovick, McBride, Pollet, Hudgins, Jinkins, Kagi, Appleton, Goodman, Tharinger
Summary: This bill relates to promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs; amending RCW 28A.150.205, 28A.235.150, and 28A.235.160; adding new sections to chapter 28A.235 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an expiration date.