Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 09, 2023||
referred to education
Senate Bill S996
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S996 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S996 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S996 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.
2023-S996 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 996 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 9, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HOYLMAN, ADDABBO, BRISPORT, GOUNARDES, HARCKHAM, JACKSON, KAVANAGH, MYRIE, RIVERA, SEPULVEDA, SKOUFIS -- 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. ALL THE PUBLIC SCHOOL'S WRITTEN MATERIAL DESCRIBING FOOD OFFERINGS SHALL INCLUDE THE AVAILABILITY OF A PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTION. 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. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04256-01-3
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