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California
Bill:CA AB 1871 - Protects the claim "California grown"
Summary:Existing law provides standards for various agricultural products, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and authorizes the use of the term "California grown" and similar terms for marketing, advertising, or promotional purposes only to identify food or agricultural products that have been produced in the state. This bill makes it unlawful for any person or entity, or employee or agent of that person or entity, to make any statement, representation, or assertion relating to the sale or availability of agr
Sponsor(s):Roger Dickinson (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 26, 2014

California
Bill:CA AB 1930 - SNAP educational programs considered employment training programs
Summary:The existing federal law provides for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. Under existing law, households are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits to the extent permitted by federal law. Existing federal law provides that students who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education
Sponsor(s):Nancy Skinner (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 28, 2014

California
Bill:CA AB 2413 - Farm to Fork program
Summary:Existing law establishes the Department of Food and Agriculture, which is tasked with promoting and protecting the agricultural industry of the state, and seeking to enhance, protect, and perpetuate the ability of the private sector to produce food and fiber in a way that benefits the general welfare and economy of the state. Existing also establishes the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative for the purpose of promoting healthy food access in the state. This bill will create the Office of Farm to Fo
Sponsor(s):John A. Perez (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 26, 2014
As of 2/24/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

California
Bill:CA AB 2539 - Revises the food safety/sanitation requirement for certified farmers markets
Summary:Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities and various types of food. The code establishes specified food safety and sanitation requirements for certified farmers' markets governing food preparation, storage, and sampling. Existing law provides that local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing the code, but requires the State Department of Public Health to provide technical assistance, training, standardizati
Sponsor(s):Phil Ting (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 30, 2014

California
Bill:CA AB 357 - Child Health and Disease Prevention Programs
Summary:The previous existing law required California to implement and administer various child health and disease prevention programs. The law also required the creation of the Healthy Families Advisory Board, a 15-member advisory panel appointed by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. This bill repeals the Healthy Families Advisory Board and instead renames and recasts the board as the Medi-Cal Children's Health Advisory Panel, an independent, statewide advisory body composed of 15 members charged with advis
Sponsor(s):Richard Pan (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 17, 2014

California
Bill:CA ACR 163 - Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Summary:Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Sponsor(s):Mark Ridley-Thomas (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 9, 2014

California
Bill:CA ACR 172 - Diabetes Awareness Month
Summary:Establishes the November 2014 is Diabetes Awareness Month in California. Individuals are encouraged to seek early screening and early treatment to reduce the rate of diabetes and its complications among high-risk populations; health care workers are encouraged to improve care for the control of diabetes and the treatment of major complications; health care providers are encouraged, as they detect and treat the emerging diabetes epidemic, to engage in an aggressive program with their patients that includes a
Sponsor(s):Beth Gaines (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 11, 2014

California
Bill:CA SB 912 - Repeal sunset on healthy state vending nutrition law
Summary:Existing law regulates various aspects of the provision of food and beverages in vending machines, including requiring a vendor that operates or maintains a vending machine on designated state property offer food and beverages in the vending machine that meet accepted nutritional guidelines in accordance with certain percentages. This bill deletes the repeal date, thereby extending the operation of those provisions indefinitely. The accepted nutritional guidelines are as follows: 1. Approved beverages inc
Sponsor(s):Holly Mitchell (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 25, 2014
As of 3/18/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

California
Bill:CA SB 949 - Distiguished After School Health Recognition Program
Summary:Would establish the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) Recognition Program, to be administered by the State Department of Education. This would require the department to develop a process that would include training staff on healthy eating and physical activity, providing healthy food and drinks to program attendees, and providing program attendees with physical activity and limited screen time.
Sponsor(s):Hannah-Beth Jackson (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 16, 2014

Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 5417 - Prohibit nutrition rules for certain foods
Summary:Would prohibit certain nutrition rules with respect to foods sold at schools as a fundraiser. The Secretary of Agriculture would not implement, administer, or enforce the rule entitled 'National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010' published by the Department of Agriculture in the Federal Register on June 28, 2013 with respect to food sold as a fundraiser that takes place on the grounds o
Sponsor(s):Ted Poe (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 5507 - IOM Study on Health Disparities
Summary:Would fund a study by the Institute of Medicine on health disparities, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines on reducing health disparities -- particularly the rate of diabetes.
Sponsor(s):Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal
Bill:CONG US HR 5616 - promot urban agriculture and research
Summary:Would promote and enhance urban agricultural production and agricultural research in urban areas. The Secretary of Agriculture would submit to Congress and publish on the Internet site of the Department of Agriculture a report on the status of farmers' markets in the United States, including coverage of: the number of farmers' markets, the number of farmers' markets established during such year, the economic value of an average farmers' market, the type of governmental assistance provided to farmers' market
Sponsor(s):Marcy Kaptur (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Federal
Bill:CONG US S 2841 - IOM Study on Health Disparities
Summary:Would fund a study by the Institute of Medicine on health disparities, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop guidelines on reducing health disparities -- particularly the rate of diabetes.
Sponsor(s):Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the federal legislative website.

Missouri
Bill:MO SB 727 - Creates sales and use tax exemption for sale of farmers market products for SNAP participants
Summary:Modifies provisions relating to farmers' market and SNAP benefit, such as creating a sales and use tax exemption for farm products sold at farmers' markets. The exemption does not apply to farm products sold by persons or entities with sales of at least $25,000 from participating in farmers' markets. This act requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program for the purpose of SNAP participants with access and the ability to afford fresh food when purchasing fresh food at farmers' mark
Sponsor(s):Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 10, 2014

New Jersey
Bill:NJ ACR 185 - Approve SNAP employment and trianing pilot program
Summary:Would urge the Governor to apply to Secretary of Agriculture for approval to implement Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training pilot program.
Sponsor(s):Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

New Jersey
Bill:NJ AJR 79 -- Hunger Action Month
Summary:Would designate September of each year as "Hunger Action Month" in New Jersey.
Sponsor(s):Mary Pat Angelini (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

New Jersey
Bill:NJ ARC 151 - Summer Meals Act of 2014
Summary:Urges Congress to pass "Summer Meals Act of 2014," which ensures children across America have access to quality meals during summer months.
Sponsor(s):Troy Singleton (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

New Jersey
Bill:NJ SB 2425 - Food service advisory committee
Summary:Would require each school district with a middle school or high school to establish food services advisory committee to consider menu options that reflect students' cultural, traditional, and dietary preferences.
Sponsor(s):Teresa Ruiz (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

New Jersey
Bill:NJ SCR 141 - Heat and Eat Program Funds for SNAP
Summary:Would direct the Governor to provide minimum annual energy assistance payment of $21 to every household in State that is eligible to receive benefits under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This bill is in response to a new policy implemented pursuant to the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, where households that qualify for energy assistance must receive more than $20 in annual energy assistance payments in order to maintain the household's eligibility for the standard utility allowance under the
Sponsor(s):Raymond J. Lesniak (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: For status updates, visit the state's legislative website.

New York
Bill:NY SB 3817 - Website to advance women's health initiatives
Summary:Directs the department of health to establish an internet website to advance women's health initiatives. The website will provide information for the purposes of educating the public and raising awareness of women's health issues, provide links to useful resources and encourage the use of services now made more widely available to the women of New York state. The website will also promote the preventative services now covered pursuant to federal law and regulation, and explain that such services must be cov
Sponsor(s):Kemp Hannon (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 4, 2014

Pennsylvania
Bill:PA HR 1008 - Hunger Action Month
Summary:Recognizes the month of September 2014 as "Hunger Action Month" in Pennsylvania.
Sponsor(s):Jake Wheatley (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 16, 2014

Pennsylvania
Bill:PA HR 1037 - World Diabetes Day
Summary:Recognizes November 14, 2014, as "World Diabetes Day" in Pennsylvania. Reasons supporting passage of this bill include: this day raises awareness of the escalating incidence of diabetes worldwide; the day represents the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921; recognizing diabetes as "a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world"; the
Sponsor(s):Donna Oberlander (R)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted October 14, 2014

Pennsylvania
Bill:PA HR 1084 - 2014 National Healthy School Award
Summary:Recognizes and honors the seven Commonwealth recipients of the 2014 National Healthy School Award. Reasons supporting passage of this bill include: the Alliance for a Healthier Generation bestowed the National Healthy School Award on 250 schools nationwide in 2014 for implementing initiatives to cultivate healthier environments for their students; seven Pennsylvanian schools in four school districts received this prestigious award; each of these distinguished schools meet or exceed updated Federal nutrition
Sponsor(s):Cherelle Parker (D)
Status:
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted October 14, 2014

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