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SB-332 Voter registration: foster youth.(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  April 04, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 20, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 332


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 13, 2017


An act to add Section 11403.05 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to foster youth.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 332, as amended, Stern. Voter registration: foster youth.
Existing law establishes the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) program, under which counties provide payments to foster care providers on behalf of qualified children in foster care and to nonminor dependents up to 21 years of age. Existing law requires, in order to be provided AFDC-FC benefits, one of several conditions to be satisfied, including, for a nonminor dependent, that he or she has been placed pursuant to a mutual agreement or is reentering foster care placement pursuant to a voluntary agreement.
Existing law requires a county social worker to create a case plan for foster youth within a specified timeframe after the child is introduced into the foster care system. Existing law requires the case plan to include prescribed components, including, among other things, when appropriate, for a child who is 16 years of age or older and for a nonminor dependent, a transitional independent living plan (TILP).
This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to include specified information relating to voter registration, including the voter registration page on the Secretary of State’s Internet Web site, on a flyer for the Independent Living Program, on the forms form used for a nonminor dependent to enter into a mutual agreement or a voluntary reentry agreement and agreement, on the form used to create a TILP. TILP, on the department’s Internet Web site for the Independent Living Program, and on the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Internet Web site. The bill would authorize a county social worker to provide a voter registration form to a child 16 years of age or older or a nonminor dependent concurrent with the provision of any of those forms. The bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific these provisions by means of an all-county letter or similar instructions, without taking any regulatory action.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11403.05 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

11403.05.
 (a) The department shall include all of the following in on a flyer for the Independent Living Program created by the department, the form used for a nonminor dependent to enter into a mutual agreement described in subdivision (u) of Section 11400, the form used for a nonminor dependent to enter into a voluntary reentry agreement described in subdivision (z) of Section 11400, and the form used to create a transitional independent living plan described in paragraph (16) of subdivision (g) of Section 16501.1: 16501.1, the department’s Internet Web site for the Independent Living Program, and the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Internet Web site:
(1) The voter registration page on the Secretary of State’s Internet Web site.
(2) The toll-free telephone number maintained by the Secretary of State that contains election-related information.
(3) The email address of the Secretary of State.
(b) A county social worker may provide a voter registration form to a child 16 years of age or older or a nonminor dependent concurrent with the provision of a form identified in subdivision (a).

(b)

(c) 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 department may implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of an all-county letter or similar instructions, without taking any regulatory action.