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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: July 7, 2015 12:47 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Childhood Obesity Package
I will soon introduce a package of three bills designed to confront the problems of childhood obesity. This same package of bills has been introduced in the House as HB 1365, 1366 and 1367. The bills are based on the findings of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention and through the work of the Joint State Government Commission. Below is a summary of each bill.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Document #1

Introduced as SB959

Description: Health and Physical Education – Charter, Cyber and Home Schools
This legislation will amend the Public School Code to permit charter schools, cyber charter schools and home school programs to offer instruction to students on health, safety and physical education in conjunction with a local non-profit organization, including but not limited to, a YMCA.

Document #2

Introduced as SB958

Description: Childhood Wellness Council
This legislation will amend the Public School Code to establish a Childhood Wellness Council within the Department of Education. The purpose of the Council will be: first, to establish coordinated strategies for addressing childhood obesity and disseminating information on these strategies; and second, to work as a liaison with local governments to improve the strategies.

Document #3

Introduced as SB957

Description: Voluntary Income Tax Refund Designation – State Food Purchase Program
This legislation will amend the Tax Reform Code to enable individual Pennsylvania taxpayers to voluntarily designate an amount from their state income tax return to the State Food Purchasing Program (SFPP).  The SFPP supplements the work of local food pantries, soup kitchens food banks and other food and shelter organizations.