JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KDKZ-TV) The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent public colleges and universities from requiring students to buy meal plans.

House bill 1679 would allow students with medical documentation of food allergies, food sensitivities, or medical dietary issues to forgo on-campus dining plans.

Supporters say the goals is to protect students from being forced to pay for food they can’t eat, while opponents contend that the change could hurt the schools financially. Legislative researchers estimate the move would cost state schools almost $1 million per year.

The bill needs a final vote before going to the Senate.

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