SB 250 - Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act

Senate Bill 250, the Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act, will ensure that school officials do not delay or deny food to punish students whose parents have unpaid school meal fees and would require districts to publish their policies for notifying and collecting debts from parents who have not paid school meal fees.

The bill's author, Senator Robert Hertzberg, said: “We know that hunger undercuts a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school. We also know that embarrassing children in front of peers can destroy their self-confidence. That is why it’s important to stop school lunch shaming and create a different approach for tackling lunch fee debt.”

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Location: Assembly

  • 09/01/2017: Passed Assembly Appropriations Committee
  • 06/28/2017: Passed Assembly Education Committee
  • 06/01/17: In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
  • 05/31/17: Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly.
  • 05/26/17: Published May 26 at 10 a.m.
  • 05/26/17: Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
  • 05/25/17: From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (May 25).
  • 02/08/17: SB 250 was introduced by Senator Robert Hertzberg.
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