Food Fight Renewed in House Over Dallas Lawmaker's School Lunch Bill

AUSTIN -- A conservative lawmaker fired back at a Dallas representative who successfully made a last-minute move to save her anti-lunch shaming legislation before the end of session by adding it on to another bill.Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, filed a bill that would require school districts to develop a grace period for kids whose lunch accounts run low and require parental notification.Often times, children don't know their accounts are delinquent until they are in the line and their hot food is taken away because of it. Instead, the kids are given a cold meal -- like a cheese sandwich -- leaving them humiliated in front of classmates as that's a way to identify that kids are struggling financially, she has said.Her bill was killed earlier this month by the conservative Freedom Caucus who struck down many bills that had been on track for easy passage.   Continue reading...

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