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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.

February 2018

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

CONG US H.R. 4855 (Federal)
Title: SNAP Healthy Incentives Act of 2018
Introduced January 19, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Cartwright (D-PA)
Summary: This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide an incentive for households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program to purchase certain nutritious fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to good health.

CONG US H.R. 4919 (Federal)
Title: SNAP Abuse and Fraud Prevention Act of 2018
Introduced February 2, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Walker (R)
Summary: This bill would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for the establishment of the National Accuracy Clearinghouse.
 
AK H.B. 362 (Alaska)
Title: Med. Assistance/Food Stamps, Work/Time Requirement
Introduced February 21, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Eastman (R)
Summary: This bill would prohibit the Department of Health and Social Services from requesting, accepting, or attempting to renew or extend a waiver of work requirements or time limits for an able-bodied adult without dependents in the food stamp program and state medical assistance program.
 
AL H.B. 390 (Alabama)
Title: Human Resources Dept., Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), benefits, drug testing for applicant required
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Hanes (R)
Summary: This bill would require an applicant for SNAP benefits to be tested for substance abuse if there is reasonable suspicion that the person uses or is under the influence of a drug. This bill would provide that a person testing positive for a drug without a valid prescription a second time would be ineligible for SNAP benefits and would provide that when a parent of a dependent child tests positive for drugs without a valid prescription, the parent may designate a third party to receive the benefits for the benefit of the dependent child.

AL H.B. 412 (Alabama)
Title: Public assistance, recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to cooperate with the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Dept. of Human Resources
Introduced February 13, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Mooney (R)
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Human Resources to require individuals to cooperate with the Child Support Enforcement Division as a condition of eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
 
IA S.F. 2370 (Iowa)
Title: A bill for an act relating to public assistance program oversight and including effective date provisions
Introduced February 20, 2018
Sponsor: Committee on Labor and Business Relations
Summary: The bill would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to implement an eligibility verification system for public assistance programs, including SNAP, to verify the eligibility of an individual who is an applicant for any such program. This bill would require that an applicant for a public assistance program demonstrate residency in the state for at least one year prior to submission of the application. The bill would also provide for real-time monitoring of the eligibility of public assistance program enrollees. The bill also prohibits DHS from establishing resource limits for SNAP that exceed the resource limitations specified in federal law and from seeking, applying for, accepting, or renewing any waiver of the work requirements applicable to an individual to be eligible for SNAP.

IL H.B. 4549 (Illinois)
Title: DHS-LINK Card-Photo ID
Introduced February 5, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Stewart (R)
Summary: This bill would require that on and after January 1, 2019, electronic benefits transfer ("LINK") cards used to obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or cash shall contain the name and photo of the primary cardholder and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card.
 
IL H.B. 4955 (Illinois)
Title: DHS-LINK Card-Photo ID
Introduced February 14, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Cavaletto (R)
Summary: This bill would require that on and after January 1, 2020, electronic benefits transfer ("LINK") cards used to obtain SNAP benefits or cash shall contain the name and photo of the primary cardholder and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card. The bill would also stipulate that the Department shall not seek to renew or extend any federal waiver of the 3-month time limit or work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependent children who apply for or receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
IL H.B. 4785 (Illinois)
Title: SNAP-Federal Asset Limits
Introduced February 13, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Morrison (R)
Summary: This bill would provide that in no case shall the resource limit standards of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program exceed the standards specified in a provision of the United States Code, unless expressly required by federal law.
 
MD H.B. 1273 (Maryland)
Title: Food Stamp Program - Time Limit Waiver - Prohibition
Introduced February 9, 2018
Sponsor: Delegate Parrott (R)
Summary: The bill would prohibit the state from applying for or implementing a federal waiver of the time limit on the receipt of benefits under the food stamp program by an individual who is an able-bodied adult without dependents and does not meet all applicable work requirements.  

MD H.B. 1432 (Maryland)
Title: Food Stamp Program - Summer Supplement for Children - Pilot Program
Introduced February 9, 2018
Sponsor: Delegate Queen (D)
Summary: This bill would require the State to provide, in Garrett County, Kent County, and Talbot County, a summer supplement per child, per month for certain months, to a household that receives a federally funded benefit under the food stamp program.
 
MI H.B. 5589 (Michigan)
Title: Human services; food assistance; eligibility for food assistance under the social welfare act; require a high school diploma or general education development (GED) equivalency in addition to federal work requirements
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Kesto (R)
Summary: This bill would add additional work and/or education requirements, in addition to federal work requirements, when determining eligibility for SNAP.
 
NJ A.B. 3010 (New Jersey)
Title: Provides $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families; qualifies families to receive additional nutritional assistance
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Mosquera (D)
Summary: This bill would provide a $21 minimum annual energy assistance to qualified families, which would provide some families additional SNAP benefits.
 
NJ A.B. 3205 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires State to pledge to ensure availability of job training or similar activities to certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to prevent loss of benefits
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsors: Assemblymen Andrzejczak (D), Land (D)
Summary: This bill would require the State to pledge to ensure availability of job training or similar activities to certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to prevent loss of benefits.

NJ A.B. 3319 (New Jersey)
Title: Provides for receipts for applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Introduced February 12, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Huttle (D)
Summary: This bill would provide recipients with a receipt when applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
 
NJ A.B. 3327 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires DHS to ensure that expedited benefits under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are made available to certain households
Introduced February 12, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Huttle (D)
Summary: This bill would require DHS to ensure that expedited benefits under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are made available to certain households. These households include: 1) a household with less than $150 in monthly gross income, 2) a migrant or seasonal farm worker that is destitute, and 3) an eligible household with combined monthly gross income and liquid resources that are less than the monthly rent or mortgage payment plus utility expenses of the household.
 
WV H.B. 4417 (West Virginia)
Title: Relating to investigations conducted by the Department of Health and Human Resources to prevent fraud and abuse
Introduced February 2, 2018
Sponsor: Delegate Ellington (R)
Summary: This bill would allow the Department of Health and Human Resources to prevent fraud and abuse specifically in the SNAP by providing for an asset test for benefits which authorizes the access of information of various federal, state, and miscellaneous sources; requiring cooperation with the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement; and requiring a design or establishment of a computerized income, asset, and an identity verification system.

 

Assistance Programs - General

CA A.B. 2297 (California)
Title: CalWORKs and CalFresh: Hunger Impact Act of 2018
Introduced February 13, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblyman Arambula (D)
Summary: This bill would establish the CalFresh Hunger Impact Program (CalHIP), a 100% state-funded program under which each county shall provide a $28 per month additional CalFresh benefit for each CalFresh household.

 

Child Nutrition 

CONG US H.R. 4967 (Federal)
Title: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018
Introduced February 7, 2018
Sponsor: Representative Grisham (D-NM)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to improve nutrition in tribal areas.
 
CONG US S 2409 (Federal)
Title: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Udall (D-NM)
Summary: This bill would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to improve nutrition in tribal areas.
 
CA A.B. 2271 (California)
Title: School food authorities: federal equipment assistance grants: matching state grants
Introduced February 13, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D)
Summary: This bill would require, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the State Department of Education to provide a matching state grant of up to $100,000 to a school food authority participating in the federal National School Lunch Program that receives a federal equipment assistance grant from the department. The bill would authorize a school food authority to use the federal and state grants for up to 5 individual school sites or to combine the federal and state grants for one purpose.
 
CA A.B. 2360 (California)
Title: Pupil nutrition: school district and food bank partnerships
Introduced February 13, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblyman Rodriguez (D)
Summary: This bill would encourage school districts to partner with local food banks to increase pupil access to fresh produce. This bill would require a school district that partners with a local food bank to select a school coordinator responsible for engaging with the food bank and undergoing food handler training and to adopt a partnership agreement.
 
CA A.B. 3043 (California)
Title: Pupil nutrition: breakfast and lunch programs
Introduced February 16, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblyman Berman (D)
Summary: This bill would authorize a school district, county superintendent of schools, private school, or charter school that participates in the federal School Breakfast Program, commencing with the 2019-20 school year, after submitting certain documentation to the State Department of Education for approval, to provide universal breakfast, to the maximum extent practicable. The bill would define "universal breakfast" to mean a nutritionally adequate breakfast provided to every pupil at no charge. This bill would authorize the governing board of a school district to authorize expenditures from the cafeteria fund or cafeteria account to provide universal breakfast including the cost of purchasing a mobile food facility.
 
MD H.B. 1545 (Maryland)
Title: State Board of Education - Nutrition Standards for Public School Food
Introduced February 9, 2018
Sponsor: Delegate Waldstreicher (D)
Summary: This bill would require the State Board of Education to establish minimum nutrition standards for foods provided or sold in public schools, including certain requirements that relate to milk, grains, and sodium content and require the nutrition standards established by the State Board for meals offered by schools that participate in certain federal programs to meet or be more stringent than certain federal nutrition standards and guidelines.
 
MD H.B. 1235 (Maryland)
Title: Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Eligibility and Annual Appropriation
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsor: Delegate McIntosh (D)
Summary: This bill would allow certain schools to remain eligible to participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program for one year if less than 40% of registered students are eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan. If, after 1 year, the school’s percent of registered students eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan is less than 40%, the school is no longer eligible to participate in the program.  
 
MD S.B. 818 (Maryland)
Title: Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Eligibility and Annual Appropriation
Introduced February 5, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Madaleno (D)
Summary: This bill would allow certain schools to remain eligible to participate in the Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program for one year if less than 40% of registered students are eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan. If, after 1 year, the school’s percent of registered students eligible for the federal free or reduced price meal plan is less than 40%, the school is no longer eligible to participate in the program.  
 
MD S.B. 740 (Maryland)
Title: Maryland Cares for Kids Act
Introduced February 5, 2018
Sponsor: Senator Madaleno (D)
Summary: This bill would repeal the requirement that the State Board of Education adopt and publish standards for the administration of a subsidized feeding program by requiring the State to be responsible for the full student share of the costs of certain meals in the free feeding program.
 
NJ A.B. 3142 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires each school district with middle school or high school to establish food services advisory committee to consider menu options that reflect students' cultural, traditional, and dietary preferences
Introduced February 8, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Lampitt (D)
Summary: This bill would require each school district with middle school or high school students to establish food services advisory committee to consider menu options that reflect students' cultural, traditional, and dietary preferences.
 
NJ A.B. 3345 (New Jersey)
Title: Creates "Nourishing Young Minds Initiative Fund" in Dept. of Agriculture to help pay for child food and nutrition programs
Introduced February 12, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblyman Taliaferro (D)
Summary: This bill would create the "Nourishing Young Minds Initiative Fund" in the Dept. of Agriculture to help pay for child food and nutrition programs.
 
NJ A.B. 3386 (New Jersey)
Title: Expands school breakfast program to all schools with 5% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsor: Assemblywoman Murphy (D)
Summary: This bill would expand the school breakfast program to all schools with 5% or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.
 
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
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D)
Summary: This bill would require a "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
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D)
Summary: This bill would require certain school districts to submit a report on nonparticipation in the "Community Eligibility Provision" of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
 
NJ S.B. 1896 (New Jersey)
Title: Requires school district to report quarterly to Department of Agriculture number of students who are denied school breakfast or school lunch
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D)
Summary: This bill would require a school district to report quarterly 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
Introduced February 15, 2018
Sponsors: Senators Ruiz (D), Turner (D)
Summary: This bill would expand the summer meal program to all school districts with 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced price meals.