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HF 751

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/28/2011 10:15am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

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Introduction Posted on 02/28/2011

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A bill for an act
relating to education; prohibiting school boards from withholding students'
grades for failing to pay school lunch debts; prohibiting discrimination against
students eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch; establishing parameters
for collecting unpaid school lunch debts; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010,
sections 123B.37, subdivision 2; 124D.111, by adding subdivisions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 123B.37, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Boards shall not withhold grades or diplomas for nonpayment of
student fees.

No pupil's rights or privileges, including the receipt of grades or diplomas
may be denied or abridged for nonpayment of feesnew text begin, including school lunch debtsnew text end; but this
provision does not prohibit a district from maintaining any action provided by law for the
collection of fees authorized by sections 123B.36 and 123B.38.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.111, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Discrimination prohibited. new text end

new text begin No school district, charter school, nonpublic
school, or other participant in the national school lunch program receiving state funding
under subdivision 1 may:
new text end

new text begin (1) physically segregate, discriminate against, or otherwise stigmatize any child
eligible for a free or reduced-price school lunch;
new text end

new text begin (2) make any overt or distinguishable identification of a child eligible for a free or
reduced-price school lunch through use of special lines, tickets, announced or published
lists of names, or other public means of identifying that child; or
new text end

new text begin (3) deny lunch to a child eligible for a reduced-price school lunch who lacks
sufficient funds to pay for lunch or who has unpaid school lunch debts.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.111, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Collection of unpaid lunch debts. new text end

new text begin (a) No entity attempting to collect an
unpaid school lunch debt from a household may:
new text end

new text begin (1) take any action directed at a child in the household, including withholding an
educational opportunity or engaging in any behavior prohibited under subdivision 4; or
new text end

new text begin (2) associate or contract with, or in any other way use or employ the services of,
a collection agency, as defined in section 332.31, subdivision 3, to attempt to collect an
unpaid school lunch debt from the household.
new text end

new text begin (b) An entity collecting or attempting to collect an unpaid school lunch debt from a
household must comply with section 332.37.
new text end

new text begin (c) A household alleging that a school violated section 332.37 has the right to an
injunction under section 332.39.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end