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  • NJ A1877
  • "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act"; provides funding to small food retailers to sell fresh and nutritious food.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/16/2016)
Crossed Over
(4/7/2016)
Passed
(6/23/2016)
SignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, the "Healthy Small Food Retailer Act," would assist small food retailers operating in New Jersey, in low and moderate income urban and rural communities, by providing funds for retailers to increase the availability and sales of fresh and nutritious food, including fresh produce and other healthy foods, at affordable prices to neighborhood residents in an effort to improve the health and wellness of community residents. Under the bill, funding would be provided to a grantee (non-profit organization) to distribute money to small food retailers. This type of program is often called a "Healthy Corner Store Initiative." The bill requires the Department of Health (DOH) to develop a "Healthy Corner Store Program" to increase the availability and sales of fresh produce and nutritious, healthy food by small food retailers in rural and urban low and moderate income areas, and to establish a "Healthy Small Food Retailer Fund" to support the program. Monies from the fund may be used for: (1) salary and associated administrative costs towards providing education, advice, or other assistance to small food retailers; (2) refrigeration, display shelving, or other equipment necessary for a retailer to keep stock of healthy foods and fresh produce, up to $5,000 per retailer; (3) materials and supplies for nutrition education and healthy food promotion; and (4) mini-grants of up to $100 per retailer to meet initial expenses incurred with participation in the program. No less than 10 percent of the fund would be reserved for the grantee's administrative and operational costs. The DOH may select one or more grantees to administer the program and distribute funding to small food retailers. The DOH would develop an application and applicant selection process and create eligibility guidelines for any organization applying to be a grantee. To qualify for funding, an applicant is required to: (1) be a nonprofit entity; (2) demonstrate it has a well-defined public health-driven goal; (3) provide assistance to small food retailers located in low or moderate income areas that accept, agree to accept, or apply to accept, as appropriate, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children benefits; (4) collect and provide data and information for program monitoring, accountability, and evaluation purposes; and (5) establish defined goals, standards, and accountability mechanisms to ensure that expenditures from the fund are appropriate and consistent with the bill's purposes. The DOH is to develop specific participation standards for a small food retailer, and consideration would be made for the level of need in the area to be served. As a condition of participating, a small food retailer would be required to sign a written agreement prior to receiving assistance. A grantee would establish monitoring and accountability mechanisms for participating retailers, be authorized to monitor those retailers, and if necessary enforce the agreements. The bill requires a grantee to submit a report to the DOH, by March 1 of each year, which includes information concerning the overall geographic distribution of the funding, the amount of funding allocated to each small food retailer, the health impacts associated with the program and its funding, and an evaluation of any data collected from participants. In turn, the DOH would submit an annual report to the Legislature and to the Governor, and provide recommendations about the program as necessary.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Budget and Appropriations, Commerce and Economic Development, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly  (on 9/8/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
9/8/2016 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
6/23/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (31-2)
6/23/2016 S Substituted for S1129 (1R)
6/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/16/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (51-18-3)
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
2/22/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/22/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Hearing (13:00 2/22/2016 Committee Room 16, Fourth Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/23/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1129 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/23/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 31 2 7
Detail 6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 51 18 11
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 8 1 2
Detail 2/22/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 3