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(By Delegates Perdue, Perry, Ellington, Campbell, Diserio, Eldridge, Ferns, Fleischauer, Lawrence, Marshall, Moore, Moye, Poore, Staggers, Arvon, Border, Cowles, Fairscloth, Miller, Pasdon, Rowan and Sobonya)

[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported April 8, 2013.]



Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the adequacy of the SNAP providing healthy diets to low-income recipients.

    WHEREAS, The SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) assists more than forty-seven million low-income people who rely on the program - - costing $74.6 billion a year; and

    WHEREAS, Eligible food items are any food or food products for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, pet foods, vitamins, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption; and

    WHEREAS, There is a concern that SNAP participants often have to compromise food choices for options higher in sugar, fat and preservatives because healthy alternatives are not always affordable - - SNAP participants consume less produce and healthy options and purchase at least 40% more sugar-sweetened beverages than any other consumer group; and

    WHEREAS, Seven times as many poor children are obese as those who are underweight, is an indication that government aid in the form of SNAP does a good job of addressing hunger but encourages the consumption of unhealthy choices; and

    WHEREAS, Unlike other federal programs that provide food subsidies, SNAP does not have nutritional standards; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the adequacy of the SNAP providing healthy diets to low-income recipients in regards to sales of sugary beverages and food with no nutritional value; and, be it
    Further Resolved, That Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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