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Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 239 - Scheduling school lunch periods
Summary:Would require schools to schedule reasonable times for students to consume lunch that begin no earlier than two and one-half hours and no later than four hours after the start of the school day for each full day pupil attending pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to consume lunch.
Sponsor(s):Senator Daniel L. Squadron (D)
Status:
As of 12/6/2012: Prefiled, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 341 - Scheduling school lunch periods
Summary:Would require school lunch periods to be scheduled between two and one-half hours and four hours after the start of the school day.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D)
Status:
As of 12/20/2012: Prefiled, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 760 - Instruction in food, agriculture and nutrition
Summary:Would instruction regarding food, agriculture and nutrition shall be included in the health education provided for all elementary school pupils and shall be taught by the regular classroom teachers or by teachers certified to teach health education.
Sponsor(s):Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal (D)
Status:
As of 1/3/2013: Prefiled, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 2332 - Authorize school districts to donate excess food
Summary:Would allow school districts and institutions of higher education to donate excess food to local voluntary food assistance programs; requires the Commissioner of Education to establish guidelines for food donation.
Sponsor(s):Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D)
Status:
As of 5/1/2013: Passed by Senate, transmitted to Assembly, referred to Committee on Education
As of 4/30/2013: Placed on the Senate floor calendar
As of 4/26/2013: Reported out of Committee
As of 4/25/2013: April 23, 2013: Committee meeting scheduled
As of 1/23/2013: Introduced, read twice, referred to Committee on Agriculture

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 3024 - Vending machines in schools
Summary:Would establish nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in vending machines in public schools.
Sponsor(s):Senator Kenneth Lavalle (R)
Status:
As of 2/4/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee of Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 2914 - School breakfast program
Summary:Would establish the school breakfast incentive program for eligible districts.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D)
Status:
As of 1/25/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 3151 - Statewide nutrition standards for schools and review of wellness policies
Summary:Would require the development and implementation of statewide school nutrition standards for food and beverages that are sold to students and the review of school wellness policies for effectiveness.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell (D)
Status:
As of 1/28/2013: Introduced, first reading, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 3224 - Concerning nutritional standards for foods and beverages in schools
Summary:Would require development of recommendations for nutritional and dietary standards for food and beverages sold in schools that would include a review of existing science and evidence-based research to examine and evaluate the use of food coloring, chemical additives and artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages.
Sponsor(s):Senator Kevin S. Parker (D)
Status:
As of 2/6/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Health

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 5320 - Banning trans fats in schools
Summary:Would develop a trans fat elimination program that would consist of two main components: a public information campaign and a protocol for eliminating the use of trans fats in foods prepared by any institution under the jurisdiction of the department of education including, but not limited to, public schools.
Sponsor(s):Assemblywoman Vanessa L. Gibson (D)
Status:
As of 12/5/2013: Enacting clause stricken, ie the bill is dead
As of 2/27/2013: First reading, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 6196 - Healthy Kids Act pilot program
Summary:Would create the "Healthy Kids Act" pilot program to encourage students to develop healthy eating habits by imposing nutrition standards and rules on foods sold in schools outside the federally-funded meals programs.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman James Tedisco (R)
Status:
As of 3/20/2013: Introduced, read once, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 4562 - Breakfast in the classroom
Summary:Would require public elementary or secondary schools in cities having a population of one million or more persons to provide breakfast for students qualifying for free breakfast in the school classrooms or in a location directly adjacent to the classrooms of such schools and to allow each student at the school to eat breakfast in his or her homeroom classroom during the homeroom period.
Sponsor(s):Senator Brad Hoylman (D)
Status:
As of 4/12/2013: Introduced, read twice, referred to Committee on Cities

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY SB 5476 - Instruction in food, nutrition and agriculture
Summary:Would require all schools to include, as an integral part of health education, instruction on food, agriculture and nutrition to promote eating behavior that enhances the health and well-being of the students.
Sponsor(s):Senator Kevin S. Parker (D)
Status:
As of 5/20/2013: Introduced, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY HB 7913 - Fresh fruit and vegetable program in schools
Summary:Would establish a fresh fruit and vegetable program providing sponsors of school breakfast, lunch or other school meal programs with payments for the purchase of fresh or minimally processed fruits and vegetables. Such fruits and vegetables, to the maximum extent practicable and in accordance with federal and state statutes and rules and regulations, shall be grown and produced in New York state.
Sponsor(s):Assemblywoman Ellen C. Jaffee (D)
Status:
As of 6/11/2013: Introduced, read once, referred to Committee on Education

Federal/State:New York
Bill:NY AB 8946 - Allow school procurement and request for proposals
Summary:Would allow for school lunch procurement and request for proposals.
Sponsor(s):Andrew P. Raia (R)
Status:
As of 3/18/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.