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Legislation Updates

Monthly legislation updates tracking state and federal policies relating to food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), child nutrition, and other incentive programs are provided below. Please note, we’ve included all bills related to food assistance in this section. Some of the bills strengthen federal food programs while others are detrimental and would weaken the food assistance safety net. This legislation update is provided by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Legislation update archive is available here.

May/early June 2018

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

AZ S.B. 1245 (Arizona)
Title: Appropriation; SNAP; benefit match; produce
**Adopted May 16, 2018**
Sponsor: Senator Brophy McGee (R)
Summary: This bill authorizes $400,000 from the state’s general fund to the department of economic security to develop the infrastructure necessary to implement a produce incentive program for SNAP enrollees to purchase eligible Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables at SNAP-authorized farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, community supported agriculture sites and grocery stores; provide matching monies of up to twenty dollars per participating SNAP-authorized site per day for an enrollee; and provide for research and evaluation of the produce incentive program and the impact of the program on purchases made by supplemental nutrition assistance program enrollees and producers of Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables.
 
NY A.B. 10697 (New York)
Title: Relates to the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP
Introduced May 10, 2018
Sponsor: Assembly member Hevesi (D)
Summary: This bill instructs the office of temporary and disability assistance to apply for a waiver from the federal government to allow for the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP.

NY S.B. 8453 (New York)
Title: Relates to the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP
Introduced May 8, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Croci (R)
Summary: This bill instructs the office of temporary and disability assistance to apply for a waiver from the federal government to allow for the purchase of multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements with benefits through SNAP.

Assistance Programs – General

TN H.B. 2120 (Tennessee)
Title: Economic and Community Development
**Adopted April 20, 2018**
Sponsor: Representative Love (D)
Summary: This bill directs the Tennessee Advisory Committee on lntergovernmental Relations to perform a study of the potential, overall effects of creating a grant and loan program administered by the department of economic and community development to encourage the financing and development of food desert relief enterprises that sell fresh food in low-income, underserved areas of the state.

Child Nutrition

LA H.B. 616 (Louisiana)
Title: Schools/Food Programs: Provides relative to foods and beverages, other than school breakfast or lunch, offered in public schools
**Adopted May 15, 2018**
Sponsor: Representative Hilferty (R)
Summary:  This bill codifies the requirement that public elementary and secondary schools must follow federal guidelines in respect to foods and beverages, other than school breakfast or lunch, sold to students at schools and on school grounds.

LA S.R. 154 (Louisiana)
Title: Requests the state Department of Education to create a committee to study and develop mechanisms and processes whereby every student is served a meal at school, regardless of ability to pay
**Adopted May 17, 2018**
Sponsor: Senator Erdey (R)
Summary: This resolution requests the state Department of Education to establish a committee to study and develop mechanisms and processes whereby every student is served a meal at school, regardless of the student's ability to pay.
 
MD H.B. 315 (Maryland)
Title: Maryland Cares for Kids Act
**Adopted May 8, 2018**
Sponsor: Delegate Hixson (D)
Summary: This bill makes changes to the administration of a subsidized feeding program; authorizes a nonpublic school that participates in the Federal School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program to participate in the state free feeding program; requires the state to be responsible for reimbursing certain nonpublic schools; and requires the state to be responsible for reimbursing a county board or a participating nonpublic school for the student share of costs.
 
MD S.B. 818 (Maryland)
Title: Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program
**Adopted May 8, 2018**
Sponsor: Senator Madaleno (D)
Summary: This bill authorizes certain schools to remain eligible to participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program under certain circumstances; requires the Governor to include an appropriation of $7,550,000 for the Program in the annual budget bill; and defines "secondary schools" to include middle schools and high schools.
 
MI H.B. 6010 (Michigan)
Title: Education; meals; hunger-free students' bill of rights act; create
Introduced May 16, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Kosowski (D)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy from publically identifying or stigmatizing a pupil who cannot pay for a meal or who owes a meal debt.
 
MI H.B. 6072 (Michigan)
Title: Education; meals; breakfast after the bell nutrition program; establish
Introduced May 24, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Kosowski (D)
Summary: This bill would create the breakfast after the bell nutrition program to offer a free breakfast to each pupil enrolled in a public school in which at least 70% of the pupils enrolled are eligible for free or reduced cost lunch.
 
NC S.B. 787 (North Carolina)
Title: Small Farms to Healthier Schools Initiative
Introduced May 31, 2018
Sponsors: Senators Smith (D), Woodard (D), Waddell (D)
Summary: This bill would appropriate $340,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year from the General Fund to Working Landscapes, a nonprofit organization based in Warren County, for a pilot program to reimburse participating school districts based on the servings of food they source from farms within the same region.  
 
NJ A.B. 3886 (New Jersey)
Title: Provides anti-stigmatization protections to public school student whose school breakfast or school lunch bill is in arrears
Introduced May 7, 2018
Sponsors: Representatives Sumter (D), Moriarty (D), Mosquera (D)
Summary: This bill would provide additional protections to a public school student whose meal bill is in arrears. A district would not be permitted to publically identify or stigmatize a student and must communicate about the school meal bill with the parent or guardian, not the student.
 
NJ S.B. 1894 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires "breakfast after the bell" program in all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals
**Adopted May 30, 2018**
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D), Representatives Lampitt (D), Sumter (D), Barclay (D)
Summary: This bill would require "breakfast after the bell" program in all schools with 70% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.
 
NJ S.B. 1895 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires certain school districts to submit report on nonparticipation in "Community Eligibility Provision" of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
**Adopted May 30, 2018**
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D), Representatives Lampitt (D), Jones (D), Wimberly (D)
Summary: This bill would require certain school districts to submit a report on nonparticipation in the "Community Eligibility Provision" of National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
 
NJ S.B. 1896 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires school district to report at least biannually to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch
**Adopted May 30, 2018**
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D), Representatives Lampitt (D), Jones (D), Wimberly (D)
Summary: This bill requires school districts to report at least biannually to the Department of Agriculture the number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch.
 
NJ S.B. 1897 (New Jersey)
Title: Expands summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals
**Adopted May 30, 2018**
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D), Representatives Lampitt (D), Marin (D), Barclay (D)
Summary: This bill expands the summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.
 
NJ S.B. 2527 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires Department of Agriculture to promote school meal programs
Introduced May 10, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Ruiz (D)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Department of Education, to develop promotional material for the "School Meal Program" and provide every school district with the "School Meal Program" promotional material, which is required to include, but need not be limited to, pamphlets, presentation material, webinars, and sample letters schools may send to parents.
 
NY A.B. 10600 (New York)
Title: Relates to requiring public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service
Introduced May 8, 2018
Sponsor: Assembly member Gottfried (D)
Summary: This bill would require public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service.
 
NY S.B. 8517 (New York)
Title: Relates to requiring public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service
Introduced May 9, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Hoylman (D)
Summary: This bill would require public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service.