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AB-1434 Public social services: SSI/SSP.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 12200.7 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

12200.7.
 (a) Any maximum aid payment provided to an individual pursuant to Section 12200 and adjusted pursuant to Section 12201 that does not equal or exceed 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of one shall be increased to an amount that equals 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of one.
(b) Any maximum aid payment provided to a married couple pursuant to Section 12200 and adjusted pursuant to Section 12201 that does not equal or exceed 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of two shall be increased to an amount that equals 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of two.
(c) This section is not intended to result in the reduction of any payment provided to an individual that exceeds 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of one during any calendar year.
(d) This section is not intended to result in the reduction of any payment provided to a married couple that exceeds 100 percent of the 2019 federal poverty level for a household of two during any calendar year.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12201 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

12201.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (d),  subdivisions (d) and (g),  the payment schedules set forth in Section 12200 shall be adjusted annually to reflect any increases or decreases in the cost of living. Except as provided in subdivision (e), (f),  (e)  or (g), (f),  these adjustments shall become effective January 1 of each year. The cost-of-living adjustment shall be based on the changes in the California Necessities Index, which as used in this section shall be the weighted average of changes for food, clothing, fuel, utilities, rent, and transportation for low-income consumers. The computation of annual adjustments in the California Necessities Index shall be made in accordance with the following steps:
(1) The base period expenditure amounts for each expenditure category within the California Necessities Index used to compute the annual grant adjustment are:
Food ........................
$ 3,027
Clothing (apparel and upkeep) ........................
406
Fuel and other utilities ........................
529
Rent, residential ........................
4,883
Transportation ........................
1,757
Total ........................
$10,602
(2) Based on the appropriate components of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage change shall be determined for the 12-month period which that  ends 12 months prior to the January in which the cost-of-living adjustment will take effect, for each expenditure category specified in paragraph (1) within the following geographical areas: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, San Francisco-Oakland, San Diego, and, to the extent statistically valid information is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, additional geographical areas within the state which that  include not less than 80 percent of recipients of aid under this chapter.
(3) Calculate a weighted percentage change for each of the expenditure categories specified in paragraph (1) using the applicable weighting factors for each area used by the Department of Industrial Relations to calculate the California Consumer Price Index (CCPI).
(4) Calculate a category adjustment factor for each expenditure category in paragraph (1) by (1) adding 100 to the applicable weighted percentage change as determined in paragraph (2) and (2) dividing the sum by 100.
(5) Determine the expenditure amounts for the current year by multiplying each expenditure amount determined for the prior year by the applicable category adjustment factor determined in paragraph (4).
(6) Determine the overall adjustment factor by dividing (1) the sum of the expenditure amounts as determined in paragraph (4) for the current year by (2) the sum of the expenditure amounts as determined in paragraph (4) for the prior year.
(b) The overall adjustment factor determined by the preceding computational steps shall be multiplied by the payment schedules established pursuant to Section 12200 as are in effect during the month of December preceding the calendar year in which the adjustments are to occur, and the product rounded to the nearest dollar. The resultant amounts shall constitute the new schedules for the categories given under subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g) of Section 12200, and shall be filed with the Secretary of State. The amount as set forth in subdivision (h) of Section 12200 shall be adjusted annually pursuant to this section in the event that the secretary agrees to administer payment under that subdivision. The payment schedule for subdivision (i) of Section 12200 shall be computed as specified, based on the new payment schedules for subdivisions (a), (b), (c), and (d) of Section 12200.
(c) The department shall adjust any amounts of aid under this chapter to ensure that the minimum level required by the Social Security Act in order to maintain eligibility for funds under Title XIX of that act is met.
(d) (1) No adjustment shall be made under this section for the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 calendar years to reflect any change in the cost of living. Elimination of the cost-of-living adjustment pursuant to this paragraph shall satisfy the requirements of Section 12201.05, and no further reduction shall be made pursuant to that section.
(2) Any cost-of-living adjustment granted under this section for any calendar year shall not include adjustments for any calendar year in which the cost-of-living adjustment was suspended pursuant to paragraph (1).
(e) For the 2003 calendar year, the adjustment required by this section shall become effective June 1, 2003.
(f) For the 2005 calendar year, the adjustment required by this section shall become effective April 1, 2005.
(g) (1) For the 2011 calendar year and each calendar year thereafter,  to the 2019 calendar years, inclusive,  no adjustment shall be made under this section unless otherwise specified by statute.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the pass along of federal benefits provided for in Section 12201.05 shall be effective on January 1 of each calendar year.