Status Summary

The bill passed in the House Committee on Education on 1/25. Executive action taken in Appropriations on 2/6.; passed 1st substitute bill and referred to Rules 2 Review. HB2610 was pulled from Rules, passed by the House, 59-39-0-0, and referred to the Senate Early Learning and K-12 committee. The bill was heard on 2/22 and exec. action taken on 2/23; majority passed with amendment(s) and referred to Ways & Means. Heard in Ways & Means on 2/24. Exec. action taken on 2/26; passed with amendment(s) by Ways & Means. Placed on second reading by Rules on 2/28. On 3/1, committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended and placed on third reading. Passed on third reading; yeas, 28; nays, 21; absent, 0; excused On 3/5, House refused to concur in Senate amendments and asked Senate to recede from amendment. On 3/6, Senate receded from amendments, and Rules suspended. Returned to second reading for amendment and floor amendment(s) adopted. Rules suspended and placed on third reading. Passed on third reading; yeas, 31; nays, 17; absent, 0; excused, 1. On 3/7, House concurred in Senate amendments. Final passage; yeas, 69; nays, 29; absent, 0; excused, 0. Once the bill is signed by the Speaker and President of the Senate it will be delivered to the Governor for action. (updated 3/8)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rep. Peterson

HB2610 directs that with few exceptions, schools that participate in the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, or both, shall annually distribute and collect an application for all households of children in kindergarten through grade twelve to determine student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.   If a parent or guardian of a student needs assistance with application materials in a language other than English, the school shall offer appropriate assistance to the parent or guardian. 

Schools may apply for some students who haven’t submitted applications but are likely eligible.  

Local agencies must coordinate with the schools to ensure that children who are living homeless have access to meals. 

All schools shall provide a meal that qualifies for federal reimbursement as either a free or reduced-price lunch under the national school lunch program, or a free or reduced-price breakfast under the school breakfast program, to each student requesting a meal, unless requested otherwise in writing by the student's parent or guardian.

The meal may not be conditioned on the student's ability to pay for the meal or for any amount owed for meals previously served to the student. 

Mechanisms should be put in place to address when kids haven’t been able to pay for five or more meals.

No school or school district can identify, stigmatize or ask for work from a child who isn’t able to pay.