Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 5.djvu/404

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112 STAT. 3162 PUBLIC LAW 105-336—OCT. 31, 1998 of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(h)(10)(A)) is amended by striking "1998" and inserting "2003". (1) CONSIDERATION OF PRICE LEVELS OF RETAIL STORES FOR PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAM.— (1) IN GENERAL.— Section 17(h) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(h)) is amended by adding at the end the following: "(11) CONSIDERATION OF PRICE LEVELS OF RETAIL STORES FOR PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAM.— "(A) IN GENERAL.— For the purpose of promoting efficiency and to contain costs under the program, a State agency shall, in selecting a retail store for participation in the program, take into consideration the prices that the store charges for foods under the program as compared to the prices that other stores charge for the foods. Procedures. "(B) SUBSEQUENT PRICE INCREASES.—The State agency shall establish procedures to ensure that a retail store selected for participation in the program does not subsequently raise prices to levels that would otherwise make the store ineligible for participation in the program.". Deadlines. (2) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall 42 USC 1786 promulgate— °°*® (A) not later than March 1, 1999, proposed regulations to carry out section 17(h)(ll) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(h)(ll)), as added by paragraph (1); and (B) not later than March 1, 2000, final regulations to carry out section 17(h)(ll) of that Act. (m) MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM PLAN.— Section 17(h) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(h)), as amended by subsection (1)(1), is further amended by adding at the end the following: "(12) MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM PLAN.— "(A) IN GENERAL.—In consultation with State agencies, vendors, and other interested persons, the Secretary shall establish a long-range plan for the development and implementation of management information systems (including electronic benefit transfers) to be used in carry- ing out the program. Deadline. "(B) REPORT,—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report on actions taken to carry out subparagraph (A). "(C) INTERIM PERIOD. —Prior to the date of submission of the report of the Secretary required under subparagraph (B), a State agency may not require retail stores to pay the cost of systems or equipment that may be required to test electronic benefit transfer systems.", (n) USE OF FUNDS IN PRECEDING AND SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEARS.— (1) IN GENERAL.— Section 17(i)(3)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786(i)(3)(A)) is amended— (A) by striking "subparagraphs (B) and (C)" and inserting "subparagraph (B)"; and