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Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME HB 829 - Locally produced foods in school meals programs
Summary:Would require a school administrative unit to report on its use of local foods in its school meal programs. It would require the Department of Education to make the reporting available to the public and to publish a list of schools that meet benchmarks for increasing the use of local foods.
Sponsor(s):Representative Jeff M. McCabe (D)
Status:
As of 7/11/2013: Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 126th legislature
As of 7/1/2013: Referred to Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs
As of 6/4/2013: Placed on special appropriations table, pending enactment
As of 6/3/2013: Sent for concurrence
As of 5/30/2013: Read second time and passed by House
As of 5/30/2013: Bill amended and passed by Committee
As of 3/27/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME SB 517 - Support School Nutrition and Expand Local Foods Economy Act
Summary: Would create grants for the purpose of marketing studies and the development and operation of food hubs to connect and enhance relationships between food producers in the State and public school food service programs.
Sponsor(s):Senator Chris Johnson (D)
Status:
As of 7/11/2013: Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 126th legislature
As of 4/26/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME SB 472 - Act to Further Reduce Student Hunger
Summary:Would require a public school in which at least 50% of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch under the National School Lunch Program to participate in the federal summer food service program for children.
Sponsor(s):Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Status:
As of 7/11/2013: Passed by House and Senate
As of 7/1/2013: Amended and passed by Senate, returned to House, House voted to incorporate Senate changes
As of 5/24/2013: Placed on special appropriations table, pending enactment
As of 5/21/2013: Passed by House, sent for concurrence
As of 5/16/2013: Passed second reading, passed by Senate, sent to House for concurrence
As of 5/15/2013: Amended bill passed by Committee, first reading, amendment adopted, assigned to second reading
As of 5/15/2013: Bill amended by Committee
As of 4/10/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME SB 397 - Act to reduce obesity in schoolchildren
Summary:Would require all students from kindergarten to grade 5 to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity at school, which may include recess, classroom activities or physical education. Would prohibit a public school from using food as a reward or punishment for a student's behavior or performance in kindergarten to grade 12.
Sponsor(s):Senator Rebecca Millett (D)
Status:
As of 6/13/2013: Failed to pass in House
As of 6/6/2013: House insisted on acceptance of the majority ought not pass report and joined in a committee of conference with Senate to resolve
As of 6/3/2013: Senate requested a Committee of Conference to resolve differences in House and Senate versions of bill
As of 5/31/2013: Passed Senate, failed to pass in House, returned to Senate for concurrence

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME House Paper 1207 - Students get free meals, without income consideration
Summary:Bill would provide that a student placed in legal guardianship is eligible for free meals under the school lunch and milk program in the Maine Revised Statutes (Title 20-A, chapter 223, sub-chapter 7) without considering the income of the student's guardian.
Sponsor(s):Representative Malaby (R)
Status:
As of 1/15/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature’s website.

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME Senate Paper 472 - Operating a federal food service program in schools
Summary:Would require a school administrative unit with a public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year to operate a federal summer food service program in the area served by that public school during the following summer vacation if that public school operates a summer educational or recreational program. Would further require a school administrative unit that does not operate a summer educational or recreational program to collaborate
Sponsor(s):Senate President Justin Alfond of Cumberland (D)
Status:
As of 2/16/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Maine
Bill:ME SP 472 - Act to reduce student hunger
Summary:Act will reduce student hunger beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. A school administrative unit with at least one public school in which the percentage at least 50% of students who qualify qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch is determined to be equal to or greater than the minimum percentage established for eligibility under the National School Lunch Program will participate in the federal summer food service program for children.
Sponsor(s):President ALFOND of Cumberland (D) (Co-sponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville, Representative CHIPMAN of Portland, Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc, Senator HASKELL of Cumberland, Senator JACKSON of Aroostook, Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay, Senator MILLETT of Cumberland, Senator TUTTLE of York)
Status:
As of 2/16/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.