SB 82-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 82-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13
This bill requires schools to make at least one free or reduced cost meal available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines. The bill also directs the department of education to request an appropriation sufficient to provide a free breakfast to students eligible for reduced cost meals.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. Each school board shall make [a] at least one meal available during school hours to every pupil under its jurisdiction. Such meals shall be served without cost or at a reduced cost to any [needy] child who [is unable to pay the full cost of said meals] meets federal income eligibility guidelines. The state board of education shall [insure] ensure compliance with this section and shall establish minimum nutritional standards for such meals [and shall further establish] as well as income guidelines [setting forth] set for the [minimum] family size [annual income levels to be] used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the operation of both a breakfast and lunch program in the same school. [Further any requirement of this section which conflicts with any federal statute or regulation may be waived by the state board of education.]
(b) Such school which demonstrates to the department of education that an approved school wellness policy, as required under the [Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004] Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, and the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. section 1758b is in effect, and that such school is providing breakfast meals to pupils that meet or exceed the United States Department of Agriculture's child nutrition criteria may apply for and receive a 3 cent reimbursement for each breakfast meal served to a pupil. The department of education shall request biennial appropriations in an amount sufficient to meet projected school breakfast reimbursements. The department of education shall prescribe forms as necessary under this paragraph.
(c) In addition to current additional $.03 state reimbursement for each breakfast served to all students, the department of education shall request biennial appropriations equal to the difference between the reduced and free federal reimbursement rates for breakfast, thus ensuring students eligible for reduced price meals are offered breakfast at no cost.
SB 82-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill requires schools to make at least one free or reduced cost meal available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines. To pay for this requirement, the Department of Education is required to request a state appropriation to provide a free breakfast to students eligible for reduced cost meals. In order to estimate the expenditures required of the Department to provide a free breakfast to eligible students each school day, the following assumptions were made:
Impact To State Expenditures
(7,618 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $370,235
(7,846 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $381,315
(8,082 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $392,785
(8,324 students X $0.27 X 180 days) = $404,546
Department of Education
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Finance; SJ 4|
|Feb. 5, 2019||Hearing: 02/05/2019, Room 103, SH, 02:00 pm; SC 9|
|March 7, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/07/2019; SC 12|
|March 7, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/07/2019; SJ 7|
|March 20, 2019||Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Education|
|Feb. 5, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|March 7, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|