Food deserts are areas where fresh food accounts for less than 10 percent of accessible and available food.
The committee changed the bill so students are still required to attend one year of public school before being eligible for a voucher.
The Rockport plant would take coal and process it into various substances, including synthetic natural gas, which burns just like traditional natural gas.
The bill passed unanimously but is expected to face greater obstacles when it is heard on the House floor.
The city council Thursday tabled a proposal that would have padded the general fund with $2 million of Economic Development Income Tax cash.
Sending legislation to a standing committee would now be an option, not a mandate.
This is the second time the proposal has been introduced, but the new version has fewer mandates than the first.
Senators unanimously recommended passage of a nepotism ban in local government.
Right to work passed a House committee Tuesday with a 8 to 5 vote.
A Senate committee passed a right-to-work bill Friday with a 6 to 4 vote.