Status Summary

Referred to Senate Human Services, Reentry, and Rehabilitation. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.5.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation; Majority passed and referred to Ways & Means on 2.12.19. Referred to Ways & Means on 2.14.19. Not yet scheduled for a hearing. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Died

Sponsor

Sen. Wilson

SB5583 establishes a state fruit and vegetable incentives program to benefit people who are food insecure, our agriculture industry and retailers across the state.  The incentive program would provide the recipient with extra food benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and authorized grocery stores.  Vouchers that were provided by a health care provider, health educator, community health worker, or other health professional could be used at an authorized farmers market or grocery store.

DSHS would administer the program.  A number of requirements are specified in the bill related to the development and implementation of the program.  They are also required to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.

Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated, the department would also distribute a fruit and vegetable benefit of no less than $30 per summer farmers market season to each eligible participant in the women, infant, and children farmers market nutrition program.  To the extent federal funds are available they must be used to pay the benefit.

*Companion to 1587