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SB-108 State Healthy Food Access Policy.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 01/05/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 108


Introduced by Senator Hurtado

January 05, 2021


An act to add Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 18700) to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to food access.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 108, as introduced, Hurtado. State Healthy Food Access Policy.
Existing law establishes various food assistance programs, including, among others, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, formerly the Food Stamp Program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county.
This bill would declare that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to access sufficient healthy food. The bill would require all relevant state agencies, including the State Department of Social Services, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the State Department of Public Health, to consider this state policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, and grant criteria when those policies, regulations, and grant criteria are pertinent to the distribution of food and nutrition assistance.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 18700) is added to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  9.5. State Healthy Food Access Policy

18700.
 (a) It is hereby declared to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to access sufficient healthy food.
(b) All relevant state agencies, including, but not limited to, the State Department of Social Services, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Department of Public Health, shall consider this state policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, and grant criteria when those policies, regulations, and criteria are pertinent to the distribution of food and nutrition assistance.
(c) This section does not expand any obligation of the state to provide food or nutrition assistance or to require the expenditure of additional resources to develop food infrastructure.