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AB-1059 Child poverty.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/27/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1059


Introduced by Assembly Member Burke

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 20060 of, and to add Section 20057 to, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1059, as amended, Burke. Child poverty.
Existing law establishes various programs that provide cash assistance and other benefits relating to health care, food, and housing, among other things, to qualified low-income families and individuals, including, among others, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, the California Earned Income Tax Credit, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program), and the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program.
Existing law also establishes the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force Force, until January 1, 2020, for the purpose of recommending future comprehensive strategies aimed at addressing deep child poverty and reducing child poverty in California. The task force is required to submit a report to the executive branch administration and the Legislature by no later than November 1, 2018.
This bill would declare the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation to expand existing services and programs addressing deep child poverty and to implement the recommendations contained in the task force’s report. extend the operation of the task force to January 1, 2022. The bill would require the task force to examine the feasibility of developing and codifying the California Poverty Measure, as established by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California. The bill would require the task force to report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2021.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 20057 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

20057.
 (a) The task force shall examine the feasibility of developing and codifying the California Poverty Measure, as established by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California. The task force shall report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2021.
(b) The report submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 20060 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

20060.
 This division shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2020, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

SECTION 1.

(a)It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to address deep poverty among children and move toward reducing the overall child poverty rate in the state.

(b)In seeking to address deep child poverty and reduce overall child poverty, it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to build on the substantial foundation and progress that has been made in helping low-income Californians and addressing child poverty in the state, such as increases to the minimum wage, the elimination of the maximum family grant rule in the CalWORKs program, housing and utility support programs, school nutrition programs, the local control funding formula for K–12 education, state programs under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, expansion of health care, investments in child development, the California Earned Income Tax Credit, and outreach and assistance with the federal earned income tax credit.

(c)It is further the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the report produced by the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force to implement a comprehensive strategy to achieve the reduction of deep poverty among children and reduce the overall child poverty rate in the state.