HB 1569 would require the department of social and health services, in consultation with the state board for community and technical colleges and the student achievement council, to seek all necessary exemptions, waivers, or amendments to federal statutes from the United States department of agriculture to allow students to use their supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) electronic benefit transfer card at on-campus food retail establishments at Washington's public and private institutions of higher education. Currently on-campus food retail establishments or point-of-sale locations such as cafeterias, bookstores, and cafes do not qualify as retail food stores under the federal food and nutrition act of 2008 so students are forced to travel off campus to use their benefits at a participating vendor, incurring extra travel costs and reduced study time. Additionally the bill states that the department of social and health services must obtain the necessary exemptions, waivers, or amendments by January 2019, after that date this law would expire.
Referred to Early Learning & Human Services, but never had a hearing. This bill did not move out of its committee before the Policy Committee Cutoff date.