ANNOUNCEMENT 07 Oct 2017
The bill brings state law into conformity with the Buy American requirements in Federal law.
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On October 7, 2017 the governor of California signed into law a bill (SB730) promoting Buy American principles in the state’s school lunch program. An existing federal law known as the National School Lunch Act (first enacted in 1946) establishes a subsidy program to provide free and reduced-price meals to eligible children in schools. As amended in 1998, that law requires participating local educational agencies to comply with a Buy American provision that obliges school food authorities to purchase, to the maximum extent possible, domestic commodities or products. This state bill amends the Education Code of California to require the relevant state agencies to take certain actions to monitor and support school food authorities’ compliance with the Buy American provision.