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AB-2029 CalWORKs eligibility: income exemptions. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/30/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2029


Introduced by Assembly Member Berman

January 30, 2020


An act to amend Section 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to CalWORKs.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2029, as introduced, Berman. CalWORKs eligibility: income exemptions.
Existing federal law provides for 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 types of payments received by recipients of aid under the CalWORKs program, including, among others, specified amounts of disability-based unearned income and earned income and an award or scholarship provided by a public or private entity to, or on behalf of, a dependent child, are exempt from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility and aid amount.
The bill would also exempt child support payments paid by a member of the assistance unit to or for an individual living outside of the assistance unit’s home from being included as income for these purposes. This bill would require the department to implement the bill through an all-county letter or similar instruction until the regulations are adopted. By expanding the scope of eligibility for CalWORKs, the 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 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 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

11157.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 11008, all lump-sum income received by an applicant or recipient shall be regarded as income in the month received, except nonrecurring lump-sum social insurance payments, which shall include social security income, railroad retirement benefits, veteran’s benefits, workers’ compensation, and disability insurance.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this part, for purposes of this chapter and Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200), “income” shall be deemed to be the same as applied under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program on August 21, 1996, except that the following are exempt from consideration as income:
(1) Income that is received too infrequently to be reasonably anticipated, as exempted in federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations. anticipated.
(2) Income from college work-study programs under Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act or Article 18 (commencing with Section 69950) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code or college work-study program, as established in the annual Budget Act, for individuals receiving aid under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200).
(3) (A) Except as provided for in subparagraph (B), an award or scholarship provided by a public or private entity to, or on behalf of, a dependent child based on the child’s academic or extracurricular achievement or participation in a scholastic, educational, or extracurricular competition.
(B) For purposes of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200), an award or scholarship provided by a public or private entity to, or on behalf of, a dependent child.
(c) For purposes of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200), any income or stipend paid by the United States Census Bureau, a governmental entity, or a nonprofit organization for temporary work related to improving participation in the decennial census that is earned during the year preceding a decennial census and during the year of the decennial census is not income.
(d) For purposes of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200), child support payments paid by a member of the assistance unit to or for an individual living outside of the assistance unit’s home is not income.

SEC. 2.

 Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the State Department of Social Services shall implement this act through an all-county letter or similar instruction, until regulations are adopted.

SEC. 3.

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

SEC. 4.

 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.