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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.

June - July 2019

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

CONG US H.R. 3222 (Federal)
Title: No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019
Introduced June 12, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Chu (D-CA)
Summary: This bill would provide that no federal funds may be used to carry out the proposed rule of the Department of Homeland Security entitled 'Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds'.
 
OH S.B. 165 (Ohio)
Title: To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced June 17, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Schaffer (R)
Summary: This bill would establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program including adding a photograph and fraud hotline information.

TX S.B. 1834 (Texas)
Title: Relating to a study and pilot program regarding the use of incentives to purchase certain fruits or vegetables under the supplemental nutrition assistance program
**Adopted June 10, 2019**
Sponsors: Senator Alvarado (D), Representatives Rose (D), Rodriguez (D), Thompson (D), Collier (D)
Summary: This bill will require a study on the existing programs that incentivize the purchase of Texas-grown fruits or vegetables under SNAP and a pilot program to incentivize the purchase of Texas-grown fruits or vegetables under SNAP.

Child Nutrition

AL H.B. 566 (Alabama)
Title: Schools, public K-12, nutrition, allowing schools to donate surplus, nonexpired food to charitable organizations, purpose of redistributing food to needy students
**Adopted June 10, 2019**
Sponsor: Representative Kitchens (R)
Summary: This bill will provide that a public school district may allow its schools to donate surplus, non-expired food to a charitable organization for the purpose of redistributing the food to needy students participating in the federal school nutrition programs for consumption at the school or off school grounds.
 
CONG US H.R. 3090 (Federal)
Title: Farm and Ranch to School Act of 2019
Introduced June 4, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Johnson (R-SD)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to include ranching educational activities in the Farm to School Program.
 
CONG US H.R. 3125 (Federal)
Title: School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019
Introduced June 5, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Courtney (D-CT)
Summary: This bill would reverse declining milk consumption in schools.
 
CONG US H.R. 3220 (Federal)
Title: Kids Eat Local Act
Introduced June 12, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Pingree (D-ME)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow certain institutions to use geographic preference for procurement of certain foods.
 
CONG US H.R. 3291 (Federal)
Title: SNACKS Act
Introduced June 14, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Wright (R-TX)
Summary: This bill would amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to ensure that any food that may be served as part of a reimbursable meal under the school lunch program or the school breakfast program may be sold in schools.
 
CONG US H.R. 3366 (Federal)
Title: No Shame at School Act of 2019
Introduced June 19, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Omar (D-MN)
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 school meals.
 
CONG US H.R. 3378 (Federal)
Title: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2019
Introduced June 20, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Davis (D-CA)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to establish a permanent, nationwide summer electronic benefits transfer for children program.

CONG US H.R. 3315 (Federal)
Title: Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act
Introduced June 18, 2019
Sponsor: Representative Haaland (D-NM)
Summary: This bill would establish universal child care and early learning programs.
 
CONG US S 1878 (Federal)
Title: Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act
Introduced June 18, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Warren (D-MA)
Summary: This bill would establish universal child care and early learning programs.
 
CONG US S 1810 (Federal)
Title: MILK Act of 2019
Introduced June 12, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Toomey (R-PA)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow schools that participate in the school lunch program to serve whole milk.
 
CONG US S 1817 (Federal)
Title: Kids Eat Local Act of 2019
Introduced June 12, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Brown (D-OH)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to improve nutritional and other program requirements relating to purchases of locally produced food.
 
CONG US S 1907 (Federal)
Title: No Shame at School Act of 2019
Introduced June 19, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Smith (D-MN)
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 school meals.
 
CONG US S 1908 (Federal)
Title: Summer Meals Act of 2019
Introduced June 19, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Gillibrand (D-NY)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to improve the efficiency of summer meals.
 
CONG US S 1918 (Federal)
Title: Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019
Introduced June 20, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Boozman (R-AR)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to require alternative options for summer food service program delivery.
 
CONG US S 1941 (Federal)
Title: Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2019
Introduced June 20, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Murray (D-WA)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to establish a permanent, nationwide summer electronic benefits transfer for children program.
 
ME S.P. 214 (Maine)
Title: An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program
**Adopted June 27, 2019**
Sponsor: Senator Bellows (D)
Summary: This bill will require the department to develop and make available to public schools a specific Internet-based application for the National School Lunch Program as well as for the School Breakfast Program. A public school that implements the Internet-based application process would be required to continue to distribute paper applications for school meals to all students.
 
OH S.B. 168 (Ohio)
Title: Require services for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals
Introduced June 19, 2019
Sponsor: Senator Yuko (D)
Summary: This bill would require services for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals such as a free, printed meal application in a language that parents and guardians can understand and also address anti-lunch shaming practices.
 
TX S.B. 952 (Texas)
Title: Relating to standards for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for certain child-care facilities and homes
**Adopted June 14, 2019**
Sponsors: Senator Watson (D), Representatives Lucio (D), Miller (R)
Summary: This bill will set minimum standards for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for certain child-care facilities and homes.

VT H.B. 525 (Vermont)
Title: An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects
**Adopted June 17, 2019**
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Forestry Committee
Summary: This bill will make multiple miscellaneous amendments to agricultural statutes. The bill amends the eligibility provisions for farm-to-school grants to provide that organizations administering or assisting the development of farm-to-school programs are eligible for grant assistance from the Farm-to-School Program. The bill also will clarify what constitutes good standing under the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (Agency) enforcement authority for agricultural water quality requirements. It will also amend the time frame by which nutrient management plans shall be required to be completed by a certified nutrient management technical service provider.

WV H.B. 202 (West Virginia)
Title: Establishing physical activity requirements in the schools
Introduced June 17, 2019
Sponsor: Delegate Hanshaw (R)
Summary: This bill relates to requiring physical education for school children; requiring nutrient and structured exercise education; requiring state board to contract with service providers to supply childhood obesity prevention program; and requiring reporting on program results.