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A09990 Summary:

COSPNSRDeStefano, Simpson, Byrnes, Manktelow, Woerner, Hawley, Brabenec, Palmesano, Friend, Brown K, Lawler, Jensen, Griffin, Salka, Goodell, McDonough, Giglio JM, DiPietro, Angelino, Walczyk, Lemondes, Blankenbush, Miller B, Ashby, Tannousis, Byrne, Buttenschon, Mikulin, Gibbs
Add §915-a, Ed L
Permits schools located within the state to purchase reduced fat or whole New York milk to provide or sell at such school.
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A09990 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to permitting schools located within the state to purchase certain New York milk   TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to permitting schools located within the state to purchase certain New York milk   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation will allow schools located within New York to purchase, provide and sell, whole milk and 2% milk produced in State.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the education law by adding a new section 915-a that: -Defines "New York milk", "reduced fat New York milk", and "whole New York milk" -Permits school boards to obtain whole New York milk or reduced fat New York milk to provide or sell at school -Directs the commissioner of education to notify school districts of the provisions contained in this legislation -Requires the attorney general to bring civil action against the federal government or other entity that withheld or revoked funds from a school as a result of that school providing or selling whole New York milk or reduced fat New York milk -Calls for the commissioner of education and commissioner of agriculture and markets to issue a report on the impacts of this legislation. Section two provides the effective date and conditions for repeal.   JUSTIFICATION: Whole milk is a healthy, nutritious, and arguably essential option for the developing bodies of children. At 97% fat free, whole milk is a complete protein and contains thirteen vital nutrients and vitamins, including many that need to be consumed with fat to be best absorbed by the body. While many consider skim, low-fat, and reduced-fat milks to be healthier options, researchers are now discovering surprising benefits for those who drink whole milk. Recent studies have found that those who consume whole-fat dairy may have a lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, an increased satiety without weight gain, and better sleep. Even more unexpected, it has been found that children who drink full-fat dairy are leaner and less likely to be over- weight compared to their peers who do not consume whole milk. As evidence continues to show that whole milk is a beneficial beverage, many dieticians are recommending that people, children especially, consume the type of milk they prefer as part of an overall healthy diet. Despite its health benefits, whole milk is currently prohibited from being served in schools due to a federal restriction put in place ten years ago to lower childhood obesity and diabetes rates. While the poli- cy was well-intentioned at the time, over the last decade, we have witnessed these rates continue to rise and have learned that the restriction could even be exacerbating the problem. Dairy is an important part of a healthy diet for children and it is essential that kids are drinking their milk: Since whole milk was prohibited from being served to students, the amount of milk consumed in schools has decreased and the amount of milk wasted has increased - not all children enjoy skim and low-fat milks, but many enjoy the taste of whole-fat and will happily consume it. Restricting milk choice negatively impacts the health, growth, and development of kids in our State. Simply put, children do not get the benefits of milk's vitamins and nutrients if they are not drinking it. Beyond that, New York's dairy farmers, who take great pride in producing such a nutritious product, are feeling the strain of having a limited milk market in schools. This bill not only guarantees that children across the State, who receive meals at school, can once again have the fresh, New York produced, whole milk they enjoy but it also supports New York's struggling dairy farmers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed upon the occurrence of either of the following: the amendment or repeal of section 9 (a) (2) (A) of the National School Lunch Act or an update to the Dietary Guide- lines for Americans published under section 301 of the National Nutri- tion Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990.
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