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Full Text of SB2428  100th General Assembly


Sen. Steve Stadelman

Filed: 4/6/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2428, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act.
7    Section 5. Definition. In this Act, "school" means any
8public or private elementary or secondary school that
9participates in a United States Department of Agriculture child
10nutrition program.
11    Section 10. Reimbursable meal or snack.
12    (a) Every school in this State shall provide a federally
13reimbursable meal or snack to a student of that school who
14requests the meal or snack, regardless of whether the student
15has the ability to pay for the meal or snack or owes money for



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1earlier meals or snacks. The school may not provide a student
2requesting a meal or snack under this subsection (a) an
3alternate meal or snack that is different from the other meals
4or snacks provided to students in that school and may not
5prohibit or prevent a student from accessing the school's meal
6or snack services.
7    (b) If a student owes money for meals or snacks that is in
8excess of the equivalent of the amount charged a student for 5
9lunches, or a lower amount as determined by the student's
10school district or private school, a school may reach out to
11the parent or guardian of the student to attempt collection of
12the owed money and to request that the parent or guardian apply
13for meal benefits in a federal or State child nutrition
14program. If the amount owed by a student for meals or snacks is
15owed and payable to a school district in an amount that is no
16less than $500 and the school district has made reasonable
17efforts to collect the debt from the student's parent or
18guardian for at least one year, the school district may seek a
19setoff under the State Comptroller Act.
20    Section 15. Anti-stigmatization practices. A school may
21not publicly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay
22for a meal or snack or who owes money for a meal or snack in a
23manner that includes, but is not limited to:
24        (1) requiring the student to wear a wristband;
25        (2) giving the student a hand stamp;



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1        (3) requiring the student to throw away a meal or snack
2    after being served;
3        (4) requiring the student to sit in a separate
4    location;
5        (5) publicly posting the name of the student; or
6        (6) any other action that would stigmatize the student.
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.".