AB 557

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2017-2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 31, 2017
  • Passed Senate Sep 14, 2017
  • Signed by Governor Oct 12, 2017

CalWORKs: victims of abuse.

Abstract

Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program to eligible states. Existing law provides for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which, through a combination of state and county funds and federal funds received through the TANF program, each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. Existing law requires children in a CalWORKs assistance unit for whom school attendance is compulsory, except individuals who are eligible for the Cal-Learn Program and children subject to a county school attendance project, to attend school. Under existing law, the needs of a child in the assistance unit who is 16 years of age or older are not considered in computing the specified grant of the family for any month in which the county is informed by a school district or a county school attendance review board that the child did not attend school, unless at least one of certain conditions is present, including that good cause for school nonparticipation exists at any time during the month. This bill would, among other things, commencing July 1, 2018, provide that a circumstance that shall constitute good cause includes, but is not limited to, the applicant or recipient is in a domestic violence situation that results in school nonparticipation or the failure to cooperate. Under existing law, the CalWORKs program provides that a homeless family that has used all available liquid resources in excess of $100 may be eligible for homeless assistance benefits to pay the costs of temporary shelter and is also entitled to receive an allowance for nonrecurring special needs, as provided. Existing law requires a family to be eligible for temporary and permanent homeless assistance benefits when homelessness is a direct result of, among others things, domestic violence by a spouse, partner, or roommate, and that this circumstance may be verified by a sworn statement by the victim. This bill would, commencing July 1, 2018, provide that a CalWORKs applicant who provides a sworn statement of past or present domestic abuse and who is fleeing his or her abuser is deemed to be homeless and is eligible for temporary homeless assistance, for a limited period of time, notwithstanding any income and assets attributable to the alleged abuser. The bill would require that the homeless assistance payments be granted immediately after the family's application, as specified. The bill would provide that housing search documentation would be required only under specified circumstances. Because this bill increases the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would also require all CalWORKs applicants and recipients to be informed verbally and in writing, and to the extent required by law, in the language understood by the applicant or recipient, of the availability of services designed to assist individuals to identify, escape, or stop future domestic abuse as well as to deal with the effects of domestic abuse. By increasing the duties of counties administering the CalWORKs program, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would, commencing July 1, 2018, require the State Department of Social Services, during the annual budget process, to update the Legislature at hearings regarding the number of CalWORKs welfare-to-work recipients, aggregated by county, who have been identified as potential victims of domestic abuse, as specified. The bill would require the report to also include a list of counties that require domestic violence survivors to be offered specified waivers and a summary of actions taken by the department to address the specific and unique needs of survivors of domestic abuse. This bill would authorize the State Department of Social Services to implement and administer the above-described provisions through all-county letters or similar instructions until regulations are adopted, and would require the department to adopt emergency regulations and final regulations, as specified. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 11450 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, proposed by AB 236 and AB 607, that would become operative only if this bill and AB 236, this bill and AB 607, or all 3 bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last. Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county costs under the CalWORKs program. This bill would instead provide that the continuous appropriation would not be made for purposes of implementing the bill. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Rubio

     
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Oct 12, 2017

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 691, Statutes of 2017.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 26, 2017

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Sep 15, 2017

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3497.).

Sep 14, 2017

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 2909.).

Assembly

From Special Consent Calendar. Ordered to unfinished business file.

Assembly

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 12, 2017

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Sep 11, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 08, 2017

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Sep 05, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 01, 2017

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (September 1).

Aug 21, 2017

Senate

In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Jul 17, 2017

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-1
Com. on APPR.

Jul 13, 2017

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 11).

Jul 03, 2017

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on HUMAN S.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Introduction
Com. on HUMAN S.

Jun 14, 2017

Senate

Referred to Com. on HUMAN S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HUMAN S.

Jun 01, 2017

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 31, 2017

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 74. Noes 0. Page 1931.)

May 30, 2017

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 26, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (May 26).

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Apr 05, 2017

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Mar 22, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (March 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Feb 27, 2017

Assembly

Referred to Com. on HUM. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HUM. S.

Feb 15, 2017

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.

Feb 14, 2017

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

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02/14/17 - Introduced PDF
05/26/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/03/17 - Amended Senate PDF
07/17/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/08/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/19/17 - Enrolled PDF
10/12/17 - Chaptered PDF

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