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Full Text of SB1367  99th General Assembly


Rep. Michael W. Tryon

Filed: 11/22/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1367 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
5Section 5.878 as follows:
6    (30 ILCS 105/5.878 new)
7    Sec. 5.878. The Healthy Local Food Incentives Fund.
8    Section 10. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
9adding Section 12-4.50 as follows:
10    (305 ILCS 5/12-4.50 new)
11    Sec. 12-4.50. Healthy Local Food Incentives Program.
12    (a) Legislative findings. Diet and other lifestyle choices
13contribute to more than half of all deaths in Illinois. Health
14risk factors include smoking, obesity, stress, nutrition, high



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1blood pressure, and alcohol and drug use. Illinois residents
2should be encouraged to adopt diets and lifestyles that lead to
3wellness. The State can help provide that encouragement by
4funding wellness programs that enhance the health of Illinois
5residents. Healthy local food incentives encourage wellness
6among some of the most vulnerable residents of Illinois (those
7whose incomes are below the poverty line and who often have
8limited access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods) by
9doubling the purchasing power of LINK cardholders at farmers
10markets across the State. The benefits of such a program
11include: an increase in population health, Medicaid health care
12cost savings, decreased incidence of preventable diseases,
13increased revenue for Illinois small farmers, and economic
14stimulus for the region.
15    (b) Definitions. As used in this Section:
16    "FINI eligible fruits and vegetables" means any variety of
17fresh, canned, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and
18vegetables without added sugars, fats, or oils, and salt (i.e.
19sodium), as defined by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive
20Grant Program administered by the United States Department of
22    "LINK card" means an electronic benefits transfer card
23issued by the Department of Human Services for the purpose of
24enabling a user of the card to obtain SNAP benefits or cash.
25    "SNAP" means the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance



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1    (c) The Department of Human Services shall establish a
2Healthy Local Food Incentives Program to double the purchasing
3power of Illinois residents with limited access to fresh fruits
4and vegetables. The Healthy Local Food Incentives Fund is
5created as a special fund in the State treasury for the purpose
6of implementing the Healthy Local Food Incentives Program. All
7moneys received pursuant to this Section shall be deposited
8into the Healthy Local Food Incentives Fund.
9    (d) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human
10Services shall make an annual grant of $500,000 from the Fund
11to a qualified Illinois non-profit organization or agency,
12which shall be distributed to participating Illinois farmers
13markets for the purpose of providing matching dollar incentives
14(up to a specified amount) for the dollar value of SNAP
15benefits spent on FINI eligible fruits and vegetables at
16participating Illinois farmers markets and direct
17producer-to-consumer venues.
18    (e) The designated qualified non-profit organization or
19agency shall have a demonstrated track record of:
20        (1) building a statewide network;
21        (2) designing and implementing successful healthy food
22    incentive programs that connect SNAP recipients with local
23    producers;
24        (3) implementing funds distribution and reporting
25    processes;
26        (4) providing training and technical assistance to



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1    farmers markets;
2        (5) conducting community outreach and data collection;
3    and
4        (6) providing full accounting and administration of
5    funds distributed to farmers markets.
6    (f) 100% of the moneys deposited into the Fund shall be
7distributed to participating Illinois farmers markets for
8healthy local food incentives.
9    (g) Within 90 days after the end of a grant cycle, the
10designated qualified non-profit organization or agency shall
11submit a progress report to the Department of Human Services.
12The progress report shall include the following information:
13        (1) the names and locations of Illinois farmers markets
14    and direct producer-to-consumer venues that received funds
15    distributed under the Program;
16        (2) the dollar amount of funds awarded to each
17    participating Illinois farmers market and direct
18    producer-to-consumer venue;
19        (3) the dollar amount of SNAP benefits, and funds
20    provided under the Program, that were spent at Illinois
21    farmers markets participating in the Program, as well as
22    the dollar amount of any unspent funds available under the
23    Program;
24        (4) the number of SNAP transactions carried out
25    annually at participating Illinois farmers markets;
26        (5) the impact of the Program on increasing the



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1    quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed by SNAP
2    families, as determined by customer surveys.
3    (h) No later than December 31, 2017, the Department of
4Human Services shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of
5this Section.
6    (i) This Section is repealed on June 30, 2019.
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.".