Free school breakfast bill sent to Perry

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 3:06 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas public schools that serve significant numbers of low-income families would have to offer eligible students a free breakfast under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Perry.

The House on Thursday gave final approval to the bill that aims to catch more students under the National School Breakfast Program. Under the measure, schools where 80 percent or more of students qualify for the federal program must offer the free meal.

Schools could request a waiver from the mandate if there's community opposition.

Republican state Rep. Pat Fallon questioned the necessity of the bill. He told the House that a single oatmeal breakfast would cost a school 13 cents at the most, and then pointed out the federal deficit.

The bill passed 73-58.

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