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SB-1275 Public postsecondary education: Plan Against College Hunger Act of 2018.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/12/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 02, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1275


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 16, 2018


An act to add Article 16 (commencing with Section 69820) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1275, as amended, Stern. Public postsecondary education: Plan Against College Hunger Act of 2018.
Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the primary state agency for the administration of state-authorized student financial aid programs available to students attending all segments of postsecondary education. Under existing law, the commission, among other things, administers the Cal Grant Program, the Student Opportunity and Access Program, the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, the Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education, the Public Interest Attorney Loan Repayment Program, and the California State Work-Study Program.
This bill would enact the Plan Against College Hunger Act of 2018. The act would establish the Plan Against College Hunger Program under the administration of the commission for the purpose of preventing hunger among students at public postsecondary educational institutions, as defined. The bill would require the commission to provide awards to eligible students equal to the amount of the cost of a meal plan that would cover 10 meals per week, as provided. The bill, notwithstanding any other law, and to the extent permitted by federal law, would prohibit an award received pursuant to these provisions from being considered as income for the purpose of determining eligibility in any state or county administered needs-tested financial aid or public benefit. The bill would make these provisions operative only if funds are specifically appropriated for the purposes of these provisions in the annual Budget Act or another statute.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Plan Against College Hunger Act of 2018.

SEC. 2.

 Article 16 (commencing with Section 69820) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  16. Plan Against College Hunger Program

69820.
 (a) (1) The Plan Against College Hunger Program is hereby established under the administration of the Student Aid Commission.
(2) The purpose of the program is to prevent hunger among students at public postsecondary educational institutions.
(3) All students attending a public postsecondary educational institution with an enrollment status of half-time or more and who are eligible for a Cal Grant B award pursuant to Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430), shall be eligible for an award under the program.
(4) A student eligible for the program shall receive an award from the commission equal to the amount of the cost of a meal plan that would cover 10 meals per week. week in the respective segment, as determined by the commission annually.

(5)The commission shall annually adjust the amount of the award to be issued by the program.

(6)

(5) The commission shall issue the award under the program at the same time as it issues Cal Grant awards pursuant to Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430).

(7)

(b) This article does not require a public postsecondary educational institution to provide a student meal plan to any student.

69821.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meaning:
(a) “Commission” means the Student Aid Commission.
(b) “Program” means the Plan Against College Hunger Program.
(c) “Public postsecondary educational institution” means the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges.

69822.
 Notwithstanding any other law, and to the extent permitted by federal law, an award received pursuant to this article shall not be considered as income or as a resource for the purpose of determining eligibility in any state or county administered needs-tested financial aid or public benefit.

69823.
 This article shall be operative only if funds are specifically appropriated for the purposes of this article in the annual Budget Act or another statute.