Legislative Summary: 3/20/17
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- Support for local food shelves cleared a committee hurdle in recent days. A bill brought forward by the House and Senate members would appropriate $500,000 to food shelves for the purchase of foods not often donated during local food drives - fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and dairy. The bill was amended to also allow the food shelves to purchase diapers for needy families, too.
- Pediatric mental health continued to receive attention from legislators in recent days, as a number of bills were considered in finance committees. The bills included funding for new rural collaborative projects, crisis services, and first episode of psychosis treatments. As is often the case with funding bills, they were not acted upon but rather were held for possible inclusion in a larger funding bill that will be unveiled later in the session.