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H.R. 5448 - To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to provide eligibility under the assistive technology program for farmers with disabilities to veterans with disabilities and their families.

Sponsor: Darren Soto (D)
Introduced: 2018-04-10
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5448


    To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to provide eligibility under the assistive technology program for farmers with disabilities to veterans with disabilities and their families.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 10, 2018

    Mr. Soto introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

    To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to provide eligibility under the assistive technology program for farmers with disabilities to veterans with disabilities and their families.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Veteran eligiblity for assistive technology program for farmers with disabilities.

Section 1680 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5933) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) by striking “for individuals” and inserting the following: ““for—

“(A) individuals (including veterans)”;

(ii) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) veterans with disabilities who are pursuing new farming opportunities and their families.”;

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) by striking “serving individuals” and inserting the following: ““serving—

“(A) individuals (including veterans)”;

(ii) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”;

(iii) by adding at the end the following:

“(B) veterans with disabilities, and their families, who are pursuing new farming opportunities.”;

(C) in paragraph (3)—

(i) in subparagraph (A)—

(I) by striking “to individuals” and inserting the following: ““to—

“(i) individuals (including veterans)”;

(II) by inserting “and” after the semicolon; and

(III) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(ii) veterans with disabilities who are pursuing new farming opportunities;”;

(ii) in subparagraph (B)—

(I) by striking “to accommodate individuals” and inserting the following: ““to accommodate—

“(i) individuals (including veterans)”;

(II) by inserting “and” after the semicolon; and

(III) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(ii) veterans with disabilities who are pursuing farming, farm living and farm-related tasks;”; and

(iii) in subparagraph (C), by inserting “(including mental health providers)” after “professionals”;

(iv) in subparagraph (D)—

(I) by inserting “(including mental health providers)” after “health care providers”;

(II) by striking “to individuals” and inserting the following: ““to—

“(i) individuals (including veterans)”; and

(III) by adding at the end the following new clause:

“(ii) veterans with disabilities, and their families, who are pursuing new farming opportunities; and”; and

(IV) by striking “and” at the end; and

(v) in subparagraph (E)—

(I) by inserting “(including veterans)” after “farmers with disabilities”; and

(II) by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(vi) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

“(F) provide behavioral therapy programs that would assist veterans with mental service-connected disabilities, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.”;

(2) in subsection (b)—

(A) by inserting “(including veterans)” after “individuals”; and

(B) by inserting “or, in the case of veterans with disabilities, who are pursuing new farming opportunities” before the period at the end;

(3) in subsection (c)(1)(B), by striking “2018” and inserting “2023”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) The term ‘disability’ has the meaning given such term in section 3(1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102(1)).

“(2) The term ‘veteran’ has the meaning given such term in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.”.


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