DC Food Policy Tracker - Updated October 23, 2018
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The DC Food Policy Council legislative tracker highlights food policy in the 2017-2018 DC Council legislative session. We will try to update the tracker as often as possible, but please note the update date in the title. For more information on these bills or other District legislation, visit http://lims.dccouncil.us/.
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Bill No.Legislation NameCategoryDescriptionCommittee ReferralStatusHyperlinkDCFPC Efforts
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B22-0060Grocery Store Restrictive Covenant Prohibition Act of 2018RetailProhibits restrictive land covenants or prohibitive contracts which prohibit the subsequent use of real property as a grocery store, on a site that is presently used as a grocery store. It provides an exception to an owner of a grocery store that relocates the grocery store within one-half mile of the previous siteCommittee of the Whole with comments from Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentEnacted August 10, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0060No action taken yet
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B22-0072Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2018Food waste and recoveryCreates a tax credit for the donation of certain healthy foods, up to 50% of the value of the contribution and not to exceed $2,500 per taxpayer per tax year, or $5,000 per corporation per tax year; expanding liability protections to cover non-traditional forms of food donation; requires DC Health and the Office of Waste Diversion to create a guide on food donation; requires DC Health to train health inspectors on the information contained in the guideCommittee on Health & Committee on Finance and RevenuePassed Council on October 16, 2018 subject to appropriations (the tax credit portion of the bill must be funded at $5.7 million over four year period to be implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0072Sustainable Food Procurement WG created community action guide; several DCFPC members testified in the hearing
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B22-0202East End Grocery and Retail Incentive Program Tax Exemption Act of 2018Healthy food access, retailEnhances tax exemptions for grocery stores and sit-down restaurants that locate in specific areas of Wards 7 and 8. This applies specifically to large, anchor stores that sell both groceries and retail goods. Eligible stores and restaurants would receive a number of tax exemptions, including from the recordation tax and transfer tax, a 30-year exemption from the real property tax, personal property tax, possessory interest tax, and corporate franchise tax.Committee on Finance and RevenueEnacted February 7, 2018 subject to appropriations (must be funded at $1.2 million over four year period before implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0202Food access WG provided written testimony for the bill
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B22-0207East End Health Care Desert, Retail Desert, and Food Desert Elimination Act of 2017Healthy food access, retailEstablishes an East End Grocery and Retail Constructure Incentive Program to attract affordable grocery and retail shoppoing opportunities and pay for the construction costs of new anchor stores that provide affordable grocery and retail on specific sites in Wards 7 and 8Committee on Health, Committee on Business and Economic Development, and Committee of the WholeIntroduced March 27, 2017, hearing held May 19, 2017, Committee mark-up October 5, 2017; pendinghttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0207Food access WG provided written testimony for the bill
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B22-0313Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2017School food and nutritionUpdates nutrition requirements; expands breakfast after the bell and alternate serving models for breakfast participation programs; encourages schools to purchase food in a manner consistent with the Good Food Purchasing Program's core values; requires OP to submit a report to the Mayor and Council regarding best practices for developing a central kitchen; and requires that public and charter school students participate in specified amounts of age-appropriate physical education per week.Committee on Education with comments from the Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentIntroduced June 6, 2017; hearing Nov 16, 2017; pendinghttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0313Food equity and sustainable food procurement WGs created community action guide
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B22-0335Ward 4 Full-Service Grocery Store Amendment of 2017RetailLifts the moratorium regarding full-service grocery stores and ability to obtain a Class B retailer's license to sell alcoholCommittee on Business and Economic DevelopmentEnacted March 16, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0335No action taken
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B22-0501Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018Food waste and recoveryEstablishes a rebate program for residents who purchase and install home composting systems; to be eligible for the rebate, residents must attend an in-person training on proper composting techniquesCommittee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted August 10, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0501No action taken
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B22-0666WIC Expansion Act of 2018Healthy food accessProhibits the Mayor from placing restrictions on the square footage, number of cashiers, or organic products for retailers accepting WIC beyond what is required by federal law; requires a plan to provide technical assistance to small stores to become WIC vendors; creates a WIC Outreach Advisory Board, and other measures to expand program outreachCommittee on HealthIntroduced Jan 23, 2018; public hearing held July 11; pendinghttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0666Food access WG wrote community action guide; several DCFPC members provided testimony in the hearing
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B22-0681Healthy Parks Amendment Act of 2018Healthy food accessRequires all food served by the Department of Parks and Recreation meet school meal nutrition standards; requires DPR to offer afterschool meals at all eligible recreation centers and to increase outreach for the Summer Food Service ProgramCommittee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted October 9, 2018 subject to appropriations (must be funded at $6.1 million over four year period before implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0681Food equity WG created community action guide
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B22-0806Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018Healthy food accessProvide emergency food access among veterans and their families in the District by creating a Veterans Emergency Food Program (“VEFP”) and establishing a Veteran Emergency Food Program Fund. Veterans can access the VEFP after being referred by a Veterans Affairs mental health provider, social worker, or clinical dietitian. Disabled veterans can also receive food deliveries through the program.Committee on Government OperationsIntroduced May 1, 2018; hearing held July 11; pendinghttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0806Created community action guide; not published
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B22-0875Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2018RetailProhibits retailers from refusing to accept cash as payment, posting that cash is not accepted, or charging different prices to customers based on their payment methodCommittee of the WholeIntroduced June 26, 2018; no hearing scheduledhttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0875No action taken yet
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B22-0903Self-Operated School Food Service Amendment Act of 2018School food and nutritionRequire a self-operated school food service pilot program in 10 DCPS schools in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022; requires evaluation of the pilot program and analysis of the infrastructure and feasibility of DCPS administering self-operated school food service model in all schoolsCommittee on EducationIntroduced July 10, 2018; pendinghttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0903No action taken yet; procurement WG anticipated to write a community action guide
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B22-0913Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018Retail and businessRepeals Initiative 77 -- Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2018 enacted by public vote on June 29, 2018.Committee of the WholePassed Council on October 16, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0913No action taken
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