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(1) Existing law establishes the State Department of Social Services, which has authority over various programs aimed at providing services for needy individuals. Existing law requires the department to administer various public social services programs, including the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families and individuals, and the CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. This bill would require the department to develop a process to register any organization or entity that issues financial assistance through a program in the state, and to make public on its internet website a list of those organizations or entities that have registered to issue financial assistance. The bill would define "financial assistance" as an unconditional cash payment of an equal amount issued monthly, but for a period not to exceed 60 months, to a resident of California who is enrolled in a demonstration or research program, which investigates the impacts of policies or programs that are designed to reduce poverty, promote social mobility, or increase financial stability for California residents, to improve the recipient's economic security, reduce harm, and improve health, education, and employment outcomes of the recipient or any member of their family. Upon implementing a program, and annually thereafter, the bill would require an organization or entity issuing financial assistance to register that program with the department, and to provide the department with specified information, including disclosing all funding sources of the program under which the financial assistance income is distributed, and, upon the conclusion of the program, to report to the department on the research outcomes. (2) Existing law sets forth eligibility requirements for public social services programs administered by the department, and provides that certain moneys, including the value of any education-related loan or grant to any undergraduate student, as specified, or reparation payments made by the federal United States or Canadian government to persons of Japanese ancestry who were interned during World War II, is not considered income or resources for purposes of determining eligibility or the amount of those benefits. To the extent authorized under federal law, this bill would exclude financial assistance, as described above, issued by an organization or entity that has registered with the department from being considered income or resources for purposes of determining eligibility to receive benefits or the amount of those benefits under the CalWORKs program and the CalFresh program. Because counties are generally responsible for making eligibility determinations for these public social services programs, and this bill would expand eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (3) 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. (4) 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. Read second time and amended.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. (Ayes 6. Noes 2.) (April 7). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. Read second time and amended.
Read first time.
From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.
Introduced. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/19/21 - Introduced|
|03/25/21 - Amended Assembly|
|04/12/21 - Amended Assembly|
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