Legislation Archive March 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

AR H.B. 1903 (Arkansas)
Title: To create the Enhanced Eligibility and Authentication Act
Introduced March 6, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Bentley (R)
Summary: This bill relates to fraud prevention with the Arkansas Medicaid Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps; to create the Enhanced Eligibility and Authentication Act.
 
AR H.B. 1904 (Arkansas)
Title: To restrict purchases using food stamp benefits; and to require recipients of food stamps to show identification to use food stamp benefits
Introduced March 6, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Bentley (R)
Summary: This bill would restrict purchases using food stamp benefits and require recipients of food stamps to show identification to use food stamp benefits.
 
AR H.B. 2148 (Arkansas)
Title: To prohibit the use of SNAP benefits funds to purchase luxury food items
Introduced March 7, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Penzo (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits funds to purchase luxury food items.
 
AR H.B. 2150 (Arkansas)
Title: To create an incentive program for SNAP
Introduced March 7, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Penzo (R)
Summary: This bill would create an incentive program for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).
 
FL H.B. 593 (Florida)
Title: Restrictions on Use of Public Assistance Benefits
Amended/Substituted February 28, 2017
Sponsors: Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee, Representatives Massullo (R), Fine (R), Drake (R), Eagle (R), Fischer (R), Hahnfeldt (R)
Summary: This bill would require the state to request a waiver to prohibit use of SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks or candy & to renew its request annually until waiver is granted.
 
FL S.B. 1260 (Florida)
Title: Restrictions on Use of Public Assistance Benefits
Introduced March 7, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Bean (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the use of electronic benefits transfer cards to purchase soft drinks or candy and would directs the Department of Children and Families to request a waiver to prohibit the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soft drinks or candy.

NY A.B. 6316 (New York)
Title: Authorizes county offices for the aging to accept and process supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and low-income home energy assistance program applications
Introduced March 2, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Crespo (D)
Summary: This bill would authorize county offices for the aging to accept and process supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and low-income home energy assistance program applications.
 
OH S.B. 80 (Ohio)
Title: To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced March 2, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Huffman (R)
Summary: This bill would establish a photo I.D. requirement for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and require cards to contain a telephone number to report fraud.
 
SD H.B. 1191 (South Dakota)
Title: Require cooperation with the Division of Child Support as a condition of eligibility for the SNAP program
Adopted March 13, 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.

TX H.B. 3565 (Texas)
Title: Relating to the distribution of benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program
Introduced March 9, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Klick (R)
Summary: This bill would establish a schedule for the distribution of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits that ensures the even distribution of the benefits each month over a 28-day period.
 
TX S.B. 1443 (Texas)
Title: Relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used for recipients of benefits under certain assistance programs
Introduced March 8, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Creighton (R)
Summary: This bill would establish a photo I.D. requirement for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and require cards to contain a telephone number to report fraud.

WA S.B. 5897 (Washington)
Title: Prohibiting the purchase of certain foods under food assistance programs
Introduced March 21, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Rossi (R), Brown (R), Braun (R), Becker (R), Walsh (R), Schoesler (R), Honeyford (R), Zeiger (R)
Summary: This bill would authorize the department of social and health services to seek all necessary exemptions and waivers from and amendments to federal statutes, rules, and regulations to authorize Washington state to prohibit the purchase of sweetened beverages, desserts, and candy with supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits.

 

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NY A.B. 379 (New York)
Title: Relates to access to the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children relating to specialty formula
Adopted March 15, 2017
Sponsor: Assemblyman Crespo (D)
Summary: This bill amends the public health law to ensure access to specialty formula through the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

TX H.B. 3204 (Texas)
Title: Relating to vendor requirements under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Introduced March 7, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Raymond (D)
Summary: This bill relates to vendor requirements under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

 

Assistance Programs - General

 
TX H.B. 4022 (Texas)
Title: Relating to a study by the Health and Human Services Commission on access to healthy foods
Introduced March 10, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Rodriguez (D)
Summary: This bill would authorize the Health and Human Services Commission to conduct a study on access to healthy foods in the state.

 

Child Nutrition

MD H.B. 257 (Maryland)
Title: Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017
Introduced January 23, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Hixson (D)
Summary: This bill would establish the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program.
 
MD S.B. 360 (Maryland)
Title: The Maryland Cares for Kids Act
Engrossed March 10, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Madaleno (D)
Summary: This bill would require the State to be responsible for the student share of the costs of certain meals; prohibit a county board of education from charging certain students for any portion of the cost of a meal and; alter the calculation for the reimbursement for certain meals to certain county boards of education.
 
ME S.P. 254 (Maine)
Title: An Act to Address Student Hunger with a Breakfast after the Bell Program
Introduced March 2, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Maker (R), Katz (R), Langley (R), Woodsome (R) and Representatives Alley (D), Kornfield (D), Perry (D), Pierce (D), Simmons (R), Stewart (R)
Summary: This bill would require a school administrative unit with a public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year to operate an alternative breakfast delivery service that provides breakfast after the start of the school day. It also provides a process for a school administrative unit to opt out of the alternative breakfast delivery service. This bill requires the Department of Education to adopt rules to develop an application process and to adopt standards to address evaluation criteria based on need for funding assistance for alternative breakfast delivery services in school administrative units. It also requires the department to develop a means to track health and academic outcomes of students and schools that participate in alternative breakfast delivery services.
 
MD S.P. 367 (Maine)
Title: An Act to Improve Anti-Hunger Programs in Maine Schools
Introduced March 21, 2017
Sponsors: Senators Bellows (D), Breen (D), Dow (R), Katz (R), Kornfield (D), Langley (R), Millett (D), Pierce (R), Pouliot (R), Tuell (R)
Summary: This bill requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to public schools an Internet-based application for eligible students for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. The bill provides that a public school may make available the Internet-based application developed by the department for school meal applications. The bill also provides that if a public school implements an Internet-based application process, the public school is required to maintain paper applications for school meals.
 
TX S.B. 1308 (Texas)
Title: Relating to the program to provide free or reduced-price meals to certain public school students
Introduced March 3, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Hall (R)
Summary: This bill would no longer require school districts where at least 10 percent of the students enrolled in one or more schools in a school district or enrolled in an open enrollment charter school are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfasts under the national school breakfast program to provide free or reduced-price meals.
 
WA H.B. 1508 (Washington)
Title: Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs
Engrossed March 02, 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 would promote student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs, specifically the school breakfast program.