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AB-1654 CalWORKs: assignment of child support. (2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to increase payments of child support obligations, improve the health and well-being of low-income children in single-parent homes, and to strengthen family unity by authorizing the maximum amount of child support permitted under federal law to be passed through to children who receive CalWORKs basic needs assistance.

SEC. 2.

 Section 17504 of the Family Code is amended to read:

17504.
 (a) The first fifty dollars ($50) of any amount of child support collected in a month in payment of the required support obligation for that month shall be paid to a recipient of aid under Article 2 (commencing with Section 11250) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, except recipients of foster care payments under Article 5 (commencing with Section 11400) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall not be considered income or resources of the recipient family, and shall not be deducted from the amount of aid to which the family would otherwise be eligible. The local child support agency in each county shall ensure that payments are made to recipients as required by this section.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on January 1, 2022, or when the State Department of Social Services and the Department of Child Support Services notify the Legislature that the Statewide Automated Welfare System and the Child Support Enforcement System can perform the necessary automation to implement this section, as amended by the act that added this subdivision, whichever date is later, and as of that date, or, if this section becomes inoperative on a date other than January 1, 2022, on January 1 of the following year, is repealed. remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2016, deletes or extends that date. 
(c) The State Department of Social Services shall issue an all-county letter or similar instruction no later than September 1, 2020, to facilitate automation changes necessary to implement this section and Section 17504, as added by Section 2 of the act that added this subdivision.

SEC. 3.

 Section 17504 is added to the Family Code, to read:

17504.
 (a) The first one hundred dollars ($100) of any amount of child support collected in a month for a family with one child, or two hundred dollars ($200) for a family with two or more children, in payment of the required support obligation for that month shall be paid to a recipient of aid under Article 2 (commencing with Section 11250) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and shall not be considered income or resources of the recipient family or be deducted from the amount of aid to which the family would otherwise be eligible. The local child support agency in each county shall ensure that payments are made to recipients as required by this section. This section does not apply to recipients of foster care payments under Article 5 (commencing with Section 11400) of Chapter 2 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2016.

SEC. 4.

 Section 11475.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

11475.3.
 (a) The first fifty dollars ($50) of any amount of child support collected in a month in payment of the required support obligation for that month shall be paid to a recipient of aid under this chapter, except recipients of foster care payments under Article 5 (commencing with Section 11400) shall not be considered income or resources of the recipient family, and shall not be deducted from the amount of aid to which the family would otherwise be eligible. The local child support agency in each county shall ensure that payments are made to recipients as required by this section.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2016, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 5.

 Section 11475.3 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11475.3.
 (a) The first one hundred dollars ($100) of any amount of child support collected in a month for a family with one child, or two hundred dollars ($200) for a family with two or more children, in payment of the required support obligation for that month shall be paid to a recipient of aid under this chapter, and shall not be considered income or resources of the recipient family or be deducted from the amount of aid to which the family would otherwise be eligible. The local child support agency in each county shall ensure that payments are made to recipients as required by this section. This section does not apply to recipients of foster care payments under Article 5 (commencing with Section 11400).
(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2016.
SEC. 6.
 No appropriation pursuant to Section 15200 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall be made for purposes of implementing this act.
SEC. 7.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.