For your information, Jean Doss has shared a legislative update on the “School Bake Sale Bill”, SB 139. Please see details below, if you’re interested to learn more.
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As I mentioned in an earlier email, the amendments made by the House Education Committee to the bill addressing food fundraisers in schools (SB 139), including parental notification, were stripped out in a floor “substitute” of the bill, and efforts to that provision and other amendments failed on the floor. The bill now goes back to the Senate for a vote on whether or not to concur with the House version.
The difference between the Senate-passed version of the bill, SB 139 (S-1) and the House –passed version of the bill, SB 139 (H-2) is as follows:
· Both versions require the Department of Education to “take steps” to ensure “maximum state and local control over the implementation of school meal programs,” including an upper limit on the number and frequency of fundraisers that involve selling food or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards.
· In the Senate version, the bill would require that the upper limit is not less than 3 fund-raising activities per week, and a fundraiser that lasts all day, or even more than one day (all week? Two weeks?) is counted as “a single fund-raising activity.”
· The House establishes a limit of not less than “2 fund-raising activities” per week, and for the purposes of establishing the limit, counts a single fund-raising activity as one that takes place at more than 1 time during the school day, or throughout the school day (but not one that continues over multiple days).
It will likely pass and then be sent to the Governor for his signature. I have heard no rumors of a veto, and would consider one unlikely. An analysis of the H-2 version is not yet available on the legislative website, however, you can read the actual House-passed version of the bill (the H-2) at:
This is the Gongwer Michigan Report coverage of the recent House vote:
Volume #54, Report #95, Article #10--Wednesday, May 13, 2015