Bill changing students' school lunch options discussed in Senate

By Logan Smith - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - State senators met Wednesday to discuss a bill that would take sugary sodas and fatty foods out of school cafeterias and vending machines.

The K-12 Education Subcommittee met to discuss the bill, which was proposed last year in the House by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg).

If the bill passes, students wouldn't be able to buy snacks with more than 200 calories, and less than 35 percent of calories in snacks could be from fat or sugar.

Elementary and middle school students could only buy water, 100 percent juice drinks or low-fat milk.

To read the full bill, click here.

Even before the meeting began, Rep. Sellers faced opposition from a Richland County school representative who said the bill takes responsibility away from school boards.

However, many senators spoke in favor of the bill, and agreed to take it up later in the legislative session.

State Agriculture Commissioner Hugh G. Weathers also spoke in favor of a bill which would encourage schools to serve more foods grown on South Carolina farms. You can read the full bill by clicking here.

Another measure discussed in the Wednesday meeting was a bill making Veterans Day a mandatory school holiday [full text], proposed by Sen. John Courson (D-Richland).

That bill was put on hold, with other senators wanting to hear from veterans groups before allowing the legislation to pass.

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