Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 09, 2018||
referred to education
Senate Bill S8517
2017-2018 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2017-S8517 (ACTIVE) - Details
2017-S8517 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8517 SPONSOR: HOYLMAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service PURPOSE: This bill would require public schools to offer plant-based food options to a student upon request by a student or person in parental relation to the student. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 915-a to the Education Law to: 1. Require that every public school shall offer a plant-based food option as an alternative to meals or snacks upon a student or parent's request.
2017-S8517 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8517 I N S E N A T E May 9, 2018 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring public schools to offer plant-based food options in food service THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 915-a to read as follows: § 915-A. PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS. 1. UPON REQUEST BY A STUDENT OR PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION TO THE STUDENT, EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL SHALL OFFER THE STUDENT A PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO EVERY MEAL OR SNACK OFFERED IN FOOD SERVICE TO THE STUDENT. THE PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION SHALL BE OFFERED AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE STUDENT BEYOND WHAT WOULD BE CHARGED FOR A COMPARABLE NON-PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION. 2. THE SCHOOL SHALL RESPOND IN A REASONABLE MANNER AND TIME TO ANY REQUEST MADE UNDER THIS SECTION, CONSISTENT WITH GUIDANCE BY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES. THE REQUEST SHALL BE EFFECTIVE FOR EVERY SCHOOL MEAL OR SNACK IN WHICH THE STUDENT IS REASONABLY EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. THIS SECTION DOES NOT PRECLUDE THE OFFERING OF PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT REQUESTED IT, AND DOES NOT PRECLUDE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS REQUESTED A PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION FROM SELECTING A NON-PLANT- BASED FOOD OPTION. 3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: (A) "PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION" MEANS FOOD OR BEVERAGES THAT ARE FREE OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND, AS RELATES TO THE "PROTEIN" PORTION OF A MEAL, RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AS A MEAT ALTERNATE FOR PURPOSES OF THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. (B) "ANIMAL PRODUCT" MEANS MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD, DAIRY, EGGS, HONEY, AND ANY DERIVATIVE THEREOF. 4. IN IMPLEMENTING THIS SECTION, THE SCHOOL AND SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHALL CONSULT WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NUTRITION ADVISORY COMMITTEE UNDER SECTION NINE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE, WHERE APPLICABLE. § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to public school food service beginning with the school year, as defined in the education law, beginning one year after it shall have become a law.
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