Bill Text: AZ SB1036 | 2018 | Fifty-third Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

Bill Title: Pupils; unpaid school meal fees

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2018-01-09 - Senate read second time [SB1036 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2018-SB1036-Introduced.html



PREFILED    DEC 18 2017

REFERENCE TITLE: pupils; unpaid school meal fees




State of Arizona


Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session




SB 1036


Introduced by

Senator Quezada





AMENDING Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 15-118; relating to school meals.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 15, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-118, to read:

START_STATUTE15-118.  School meals; unpaid fees; fund

A.  A local education agency shall ensure that a pupil whose parent or guardian has not paid the pupil's school meal fees is not shamed, treated differently or served a meal that differs from what a pupil who does not have unpaid school meal fees would receive under that local education agency's policy.  This subsection does not prohibit a school from serving an alternative meal to a pupil who may need a special meal for a dietary or religious reason.

B.  School personnel and volunteers at a local education agency that serves meals that meet the nutrition standards prescribed in section 15‑242 to pupils during the instructional day may not allow disciplinary action to be taken against a pupil that results in the denial or delay of a meal that meets the nutrition standards prescribed in section 15‑242.

C.  A school may not require a pupil who cannot pay for a meal or who owes unpaid meal fees to do chores or other work to pay for meals.

D.  A local education agency shall notify a parent or guardian of the pupil's negative school meal account balance not later than ten days after the meal account reaches a negative balance.  Before sending this notification to the parent or guardian, the local education agency shall exhaust all options and methods to directly certify the pupil for free or reduced-price meals.  If the local education agency is not able to directly certify the pupil, the local education agency shall provide the parent or guardian with a paper copy of or an electronic link to an application with the notification and contact the parent or guardian to encourage application submission.

E.  A local education agency may attempt to collect unpaid school meal fees from a parent or guardian but may not use a debt collector, as defined in the Consumer Credit Protection Act (P.L. 90‑321; 82 Stat. 146; 15 United States Code Section 1692a), for this purpose.

F.  This section does not allow for the indefinite accrual of unpaid school meal fees.

G.  A school district governing board or a charter school governing body may establish a meal fee debt fund consisting of donations or gifts to be used to pay pupils' outstanding unpaid meal fees. END_STATUTE