Bill S5900A-2013

Requires certain public schools in any city with a population over one million to offer food options

Requires public schools in any city with a population over one million that have at least 25% of students practicing a religious faith with specific dietary restrictions to offer food options which meet such dietary restrictions.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Oct 4, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 5900A
  • Oct 4, 2013: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • Jun 20, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5900A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring certain public schools in any city with a population over one million to offer food options during lunch

PURPOSE OF THE BILL:

This legislation will require a public school, in any city that has over one million inhabitants, that has twenty five percent or more of students practicing a religious faith with specific dietary restriction shall offer food options which meet such dietary restrictions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section 915-a which requires that in any city having over one million inhabitants, any public school that has twenty-five percent or more of students practicing a religious faith with specific dietary restrictions shall offer food options which meet such dietary restrictions.

Section 2 of the bill sets forth an effective date of one hundred and twenty days after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made one or before such date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In city with ethnic diversity like New York City, the population of residents and children who practice a religious faith with specific dietary restrictions is rising. Because of their religious dietary requirements, these students, who are attending public schools in New York City, are restricted in what they can eat during lunch at school. In certain cases, even though public schools already provide healthy and nutritious food options, students have to go without out eating and throw away lunches that do not meet their religious food restrictions.

Offering students these types of food options during lunch not only accommodates their dietary restriction but also enhances students' awareness and respect for diversity in cultures, religions, and ethnicities.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Assembly Bill No. 5417/2013 (Ortiz)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: One hundred and twenty days after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act

on its effective date is authorized to be made one or before such date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5900--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 20, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring certain public schools in any city with a population over one million to offer food options during lunch THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 915-a to read as follows: S 915-A. FOOD OPTIONS. IN ANY CITY HAVING OVER ONE MILLION INHABIT- ANTS, ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT HAS TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OR MORE OF STUDENTS PRACTICING A RELIGIOUS FAITH WITH SPECIFIC DIETARY RESTRICTIONS SHALL OFFER FOOD OPTIONS WHICH MEET SUCH DIETARY RESTRICTIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment and/or repeal of any rules or regulations necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.

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