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AB-625 CalFresh.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/14/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 625


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

February 14, 2017


An act to add Section 18901.12 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to CalFresh.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 625, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. CalFresh.
Existing federal law provides for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county and administered by the State Department of Social Services.
This bill would require the department to submit a request to the United States Department of Agriculture for a waiver to permit a nonminor dependent residing in a supervised independent living placement, as defined, to be eligible for CalFresh without regard to income or resources. The bill would require, upon approval of the waiver, for the nonminor dependent to receive the maximum benefit amount allotted for a household size of one. The bill would require a nonminor dependent who is a custodial parent to receive the maximum benefit amount allotted for his or her household size. By increasing the duties of local officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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 18901.12 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

18901.12.
 (a) The department shall submit a request to the United States Department of Agriculture for a waiver to permit a nonminor dependent residing in a supervised independent living placement, as defined in subdivision (w) of Section 11400, to be eligible for CalFresh without regard to income or resources.
(b) Upon approval of the waiver pursuant to subdivision (a), the nonminor dependent shall receive the maximum benefit amount allotted for a household size of one. A nonminor dependent who is a custodial parent shall receive the maximum benefit amount allotted for his or her household size.

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.