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Bill Detail: HB22-1414

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Title Healthy Meals For All Public School Students
Status Signed by the President of the Senate (05/31/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 04/29/2022
Summary


The bill creates the healthy school meals for all program (program)
in the department of education (department) to:
  • Reimburse school food authorities that choose to
participate in the program (participating school food
authorities) for free meals provided to students who are not
eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal
school meals programs;
  • Provide local food purchasing grants to eligible
participating school food authorities;
  • Provide funding to participating school food authorities to
increase the wages or provide stipends for individuals
employed to prepare and serve food; and
  • Provide assistance to participating school food authorities
through the local school food purchasing technical
assistance and education grant program.
The portion of the program that provides reimbursement for school
meals begins operating in the 2023-24 budget year. The remaining
portions of the program begin operating in the first full budget year after
the state of Colorado begins participating in the federal demonstration
project to use medicaid eligibility to identify students who are eligible for
the federal school meals programs (demonstration project).
A participating school food authority must:
  • Provide free meals to all students enrolled in the public
schools that the participating school food authority serves
and that participate in the national school lunch program or
national school breakfast program;
  • Provide to the department annual notice of participation;
and
  • Maximize the amount of federal reimbursement by
participating in the federal community eligibility provision
to identify students who are eligible for the federal school
meals programs.
The amount of reimbursement distributed pursuant to the program
is equal to the federal free reimbursement rate multiplied by the total
number of meals served minus any other federal or state reimbursement
the school food authority receives for providing meals.
The bill requires the department to:
  • Participate in the federal community eligibility provision
for the state as a whole, if that option is available; and
  • Apply to participate in the demonstration project.
Under the bill, a participating school food authority that creates a
parent and student committee to advise on food purchasing (advisory
committee) is eligible to receive a local food purchasing grant (grant) to
purchase Colorado grown, raised, or processed products for school meals.
Each eligible participating school food authority must comply with
reporting requirements. The bill establishes the amount of the grants,
limits on how the grant money may be spent, and the required
membership of the advisory committee. The department must annually
review a sample of the invoices for purchases made using grant money to
ensure compliance with purchasing requirements.
The bill creates the local school food purchasing technical
assistance and education grant program (grant program) under which a
statewide nonprofit organization distributes grants to promote the
purchase of Colorado grown, raised, or processed products by
participating school food authorities and to assist participating school
food authorities in preparing meals using basic ingredients rather than
processed products. The nonprofit organization must report annually to
the department concerning implementation of the grant program.
The department must submit to committees of the general
assembly a biennial report concerning implementation of the program.
The department must contract with an independent auditor to conduct a
biennial financial and performance audit of the program. The report and
the audit must include implementation of the program, implementation of
the local food purchasing grants, use of the additional amount for
increasing wages or providing stipends, and implementation of the grant
program.
The bill directs the general assembly to appropriate annually, by
line item in the annual appropriation bill, the amount necessary to
implement the program, including a specified amount for the grant
program.
Current law caps state income tax itemized deductions for
taxpayers who have federal adjusted gross income of $400,000 or more
at $30,000 for single filers and $60,000 for joint filers. The bill applies
the cap to both itemized and standard income tax deductions for taxpayers
who have federal adjusted gross income of $300,000 or more and lowers
the cap to $12,000 for single filers and $16,000 for joint filers. The
amount of revenue generated by the changes to the cap must be
appropriated to fund the program. If the program is repealed, the changes
to the cap no longer apply.
The bill takes effect only if it is approved by the voters at the
November 2022 general election. This approval is a voter-approved
revenue change that allows the state to retain and spend all revenue
generated by the changes to the cap on state income tax deductions.

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