Legislation Archive May 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

LA H.B. 681 (Louisiana)
Title: Eliminates restrictions on eligibility for certain public assistance for persons with prior drug convictions
Introduced May 11, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Moreno (D)
Summary: This bill would repeal the current law that an individual convicted under federal or state law of any felony offense which involves the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance shall be ineligible for SNAP benefits and for TANF cash assistance benefits for a one-year period commencing on the date of conviction if he is not incarcerated, or from the date of release from incarceration if he is incarcerated.

 

Assistance Programs - General

MD H.B. 1492 (Maryland)
Title: Housing and Community Development - Food Deserts - Small Loans
Adopted May 25, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Hayes (D)
Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of Housing and Community Development to meet the funding obligations for sustainable communities and food deserts by using any specified financial assistance available to the Department; authorizes the Department to provide small loans under the Business Development Program that are not more than $50,000 per loan to approved entities for assistance in providing better access to healthy food in food deserts; and authorizes the Department to work with intermediaries to administer the specified small loans.

 

Child Nutrition

CA S.B. 250 (California)
Title: Pupil meals: Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017
Amended/Substituted May 26, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Hertzberg (D)
Summary:  The bill would require certain local educational agencies to develop a plan to ensure that a pupil whose parent or guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent or guardian does not have unpaid school meal fees. The act would prohibit school personnel and volunteers at a local educational agency required to serve free or reduced-price meals during the school day from taking disciplinary action that directly results in denying or delaying a nutritionally adequate meal to a pupil.
 
CONG US H.R. 2401 (Federal)
Title: Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017
Introduced May 8, 2017
Sponsor: Representative Grisham (D-NM)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit the stigmatization of children who are unable to pay for meals.
 
CONG US S 1064 (Federal)
Title: Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017
Introduced May 8, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Udall (D-NM)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit the stigmatization of children who are unable to pay for meals.
 
IL S.R. 492 (Illinois)
Title: Summer food service program
Introduced May 9, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Harmon (D)
Summary: This resolution  would encourage schools to offer Breakfast after the Bell to students via alternative delivery methods, such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n' Go, and Second Chance Breakfast. The resolution also encourages Summer Food Service Program sites to operate as open sites to the community so that all children can access healthy, nutritious meals during the summer.

MD H.B. 287 (Maryland)
Title: Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2017
Adopted May 25, 2017
Sponsor: Delegate Hixson (D)
Summary: This bill was adopted with amendments. It alters a specified definition for fiscal years 2017 through 2022 to determine the number of students used to calculate a grant for schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture community eligibility provision.  
 
NE L.R. 148 (Nebraska)
Title: Interim study to examine school meal programs in Nebraska
Introduced May 9, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Walz (D)
Summary: This resolution would create an interim study to examine school meal programs in Nebraska, barriers to participation, and potential strategies to maximize the role of school meal programs in addressing hunger.
 
NY S.B. 6444 (New York)
Title: Relates to providing for the rights of students and responsibilities of schools participating in free or reduced-price meal programs
Introduced May 22, 2017
Sponsor: Senator Krueger (D)
Summary: This bill would provide for the rights of students and responsibilities of schools participating in free or reduced fee meal programs; ensure proper information is disseminated and that no student is discriminated against or stigmatized for the use of such programs.
 
OR H.B. 3454 (Oregon)
Title: Relating to school meals; declaring an emergency
Introduced May 4, 2017
Sponsors: Representatives McLane (R), Clem (D)
Summary: This bill would prescribe actions school districts are required to take or are prohibited from taking regarding students who are unable to pay for meals.