Senate passes bill ensuring meals for students even if parents don’t pay

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Senate has approved a bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents don’t pay on time.

The bill also prohibits schools from calling attention to a child who can’t pay. Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla says the bill separates parents’ debt from a child’s need to eat.

Republican Sen. Craig Brandt says it would hurt public school finances. The bill now moves to the House.

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