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SB-570 CalWORKs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/27/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 27, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 570


Introduced by Senator Newman

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 11250.9 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to CalWORKs.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 570, as amended, Newman. CalWORKs.
Existing federal law provides for the 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. Under existing law, certain amounts are exempt from the calculation of family income of the family for purposes of determining the amount of a grant under the CalWORKs program, including specified amounts of disability-based unearned income and earned income.
This bill would exempt benefits and related allowances received through the federal United States Department of Veterans Affairs for education, training, vocation, or rehabilitation from consideration as income for determining eligibility for CalWORKs program benefits and available income for specified individuals, including active duty personnel and veterans. veterans and their spouses and dependents, under specified circumstances. By imposing additional duties on counties, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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, 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.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 11250.9 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11250.9.
 If an applicant for, or recipient of, benefits pursuant to this chapter is active duty personnel, a veteran, the dependent of a veteran, or the spouse of a veteran who either died in the line of duty or who has a service-connected disability, benefits received for education, training, vocation, or rehabilitation and related allowances through the federal United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be exempt from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits or available income pursuant to this chapter.

SEC. 2.

 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.

SEC. 3.

 No appropriation pursuant to Section 15200 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall be made for purposes of implementing this act.