2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 10, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Pronschinske, R. Brooks,
Horlacher, Kitchens, Knodl, Kremer, Steffen, Tittl and Tusler,
cosponsored by Senator Stroebel. Referred to Committee on Public Benefit
1An Act to create
49.79 (7m) and 227.01 (13) (tm) of the statutes; relating to:
2nutritional food pilot program under FoodShare and providing an exemption
3from rule-making procedures.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to develop, after
consulting with stakeholders, and conduct a pilot program to use FoodShare benefits
for foods, food products, and beverages that have sufficient nutritional value.
FoodShare, also known as the food stamp program and the federal Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, provides benefits to eligible low-income households
for the purchase of food. FoodShare benefits are paid by the federal government
while the state and federal government share the cost of administration. Under the
bill's pilot program, DHS must identify categories of or specific foods, food products,
and beverages that do not have sufficient nutritional value and restrict the use of
FoodShare benefits for those foods, food products, and beverages. DHS must request
a waiver of federal law, if it determines one is needed, and may not implement the
pilot program unless the waiver is granted.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
49.79 (7m) of the statutes is created to read:
49.79 (7m) Nutritional food pilot program.
(a) Subject to par. (b), the 3
department shall develop, after consultation with interested parties including food 4
producers and sellers and health-related organizations, and conduct a pilot program 5
for food stamp program benefits to be used for foods, food products, and beverages 6
that have sufficient nutritional value. Under the pilot program, the department 7
shall identify specific foods, food products, and beverages, or general categories of 8
foods, food products, and beverages, that do not have sufficient nutritional value and 9
shall restrict the use of benefits under the pilot program for those foods, food 10
products, and beverages.
(b) If the department determines that it may not implement the pilot program 12
under par. (a) without a waiver of federal law, the department shall request a waiver 13
from the U.S. department of agriculture and may not implement the pilot program 14
under par. (a) unless the waiver is granted and in effect.
227.01 (13) (tm) of the statutes is created to read:
(tm) Relates to a pilot program under s. 49.79 (7m).