Legislation Archive July 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

NJ S.B. 3402 (New Jersey)
Title: Streamlines authorization for farmer’s market programs to participate in WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced July 4, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Cruz-Perez (D), Diegnan (D)
Summary: This bill would streamline authorization for farmer’s market programs to participate in WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
 
AL H.B. 6 (Alabama)
Title: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, able bodied adults without dependents, work requirements imposed to receive benefits
Prefiled 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.

CA A.B. 214 (California)
Title: Postsecondary education: student hunger
Adopted July 24, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Weber (D)
Summary: This bill clarifies educational policies for purposes of improving access for low-income students to the CalFresh (SNAP) program. For purposes of the federal regulation, the bill specifies the definition of halftime college enrollment. The bill also requires the Student Aid Commission to provide written notice to recipients of Cal Grant awards who qualify for the CalFresh program.

CA A.B. 323 (California)
Title: CalFresh - emergency food provider referrals
Adopted July 17, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Berman (D)
Summary: This bill, to be known as the County Human Services Information and Referral Modernization Act of 2017, will authorize a county human services agency to refer a CalFresh applicant or recipient to the 2-1-1 dial code to access 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.

PA H.B. 1659 (Pennsylvania)
Title: An Act amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Human Services Code, in general powers and duties, providing for work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced July 11, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives Tobash, Pickett, Kauffman, Grove, Cox, Benninghoff, Dunbar, Ryan, Turzai, Saylor, Kauffer, Staats, Millard, O'Neill, A. Harris, Ward, Zimmerman, Sankey, Heffley, B. Miller, Gillen, Bloom, Phillips-Hill, Milne, Nelson, Everett, Klunk
Summary: This bill would prohibit the department from applying for, accepting or renewing a waiver of federal work requirements for able bodied adults without dependents who are applicants or recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program established under section 5 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (Public Law 88-525, 7 U.S.C. § 2015(o)) without prior approval of the General Assembly.

TX H.B. 147 (Texas)
Title: Relating to the exclusion of certain resources in determining eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced July 20, 2017
Sponsor: Farrar (D)
Summary: This bill would exclude motor vehicles as a resource in the determination of eligibility of an applicant for or recertifying the eligibility of a recipient of supplemental nutrition assistance benefits. The commission would not consider as resources the value of a motor vehicle in which the applicant or recipient or a member of the applicant's or recipient's household has an ownership interest up to: (1) $25,000 for the first motor vehicle; and (2) $25,000 for one additional vehicle.

 

Child Nutrition 

CONG US H.R. 3323 (Federal)
Title: Nutrition Education Act
Introduced July 20, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Cartwright (D-PA)
Summary: This bill would amend section 9A of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to require that local school wellness policies include a requirement that students receive 50 hours of school nutrition education per school year.