Report Title:

School Meals; Prices

 

Description:

Modifies the method by which the prices of school meals are determined.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

173

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO SCHOOL MEALS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to modify the method by which the prices of school meals, which include both lunch and breakfast, are determined. With the yearly increases in food, fuel, and labor costs, the department of education must be able to adjust the prices of school meals so that the cost to students is no less than half of the cost of preparing the meals. Currently, the method for determining school lunch prices is provided by statute, while school breakfast prices are set by administrative rule. School breakfast and lunch prices should be set using the same method.

SECTION 2. Section 302A-101, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

""School meals" means breakfasts and lunches that are prepared and served by a school cafeteria and provided to students."

SECTION 3. Section 302A-405, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) The price for [the] school [lunch] meals shall be set by the department to ensure that moneys received from the sale of the [lunches may] meals shall be [up to] no less than one-half of the cost of preparing the [school lunch.] meals. The [price] prices for [the] school [lunch shall] meals may be adjusted annually based on the [average cost of preparing the school lunch over the three years preceding any increase;] previous year's cost rounded to the nearest five cents; provided that the department by rule shall provide a lower rate or free [lunches] meals to children based on their economic need."

SECTION 4. Section 302A-1146, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"302A-1146 Schools; merchandise. It shall be unlawful for any public school, without the written permission of the department, to operate stores or to sell merchandise, with the following exceptions: school [lunches,] meals, milk, ice cream, candy, and products made or grown at the school as part of the educational program. The department, with the advice of the comptroller, shall adopt rules in conformance with chapter 91 necessary for the purposes of this section."

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2009.

 

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