Bill Text: TX SB725 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the donation and distribution of food at public schools.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 32-20)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-09 - Effective immediately [SB725 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB725-Enrolled.html
 
 
  S.B. No. 725
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the donation and distribution of food at public
  schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 33, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 33.907 to read as follows:
         Sec. 33.907.  DONATION OF FOOD. (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Donate" has the meaning assigned by Section
  76.001, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
               (2)  "Nonprofit organization" has the meaning assigned
  by Section 76.001, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
         (b)  A school district or open-enrollment charter school may
  allow a campus to elect to donate food to a nonprofit organization
  through an official of the nonprofit organization who is directly
  affiliated with the campus, including a teacher, counselor, or
  parent of a student enrolled at the campus. The donated food may be
  received, stored, and distributed on the campus. Food donated by
  the campus may include:
               (1)  surplus food prepared for breakfast, lunch, or
  dinner meals or a snack to be served at the campus cafeteria,
  subject to any applicable local, state, and federal requirements;
  or
               (2)  food donated to the campus as the result of a food
  drive or similar event.
         (c)  The type of food donated under this section may include:
               (1)  packaged or unpackaged unserved food;
               (2)  packaged served food if the packaging is in good
  condition;
               (3)  whole, uncut produce;
               (4)  wrapped raw produce; and
               (5)  unpeeled fruit required to be peeled before
  consumption.
         (d)  Food donated under this section to a nonprofit
  organization may be distributed at the campus at any time. Campus
  employees may assist in preparing and distributing the food as
  volunteers for the nonprofit organization.
         (e)  Under this program, a school district or
  open-enrollment charter school may adopt a policy under which the
  district or charter school provides food at no cost to a student for
  breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals or a snack if the student is
  unable to purchase breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals or a snack.
         (f)  The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2017-2018
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 725 passed the Senate on
  April 19, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 25, 2017, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 725 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 20, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 133,
  Nays 0, three present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor
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