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AB-3134 Refugee social services.(2019-2020)



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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 3134


Introduced by Assembly Members Reyes and Aguiar-Curry
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gonzalez)

February 21, 2020


An act to add and repeal Section 13286 to of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3134, as amended, Reyes. Refugee social services.
Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services, after setting aside state administrative funds, to allocate social services funds derived from appropriated federal funds and federally targeted assistance to eligible counties, to be used by the county, pursuant to a plan developed by the county, to provide services to refugees that lead to successful self-sufficiency and social integration for the refugees.
This bill would would, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the Budget Act and until January 1, 2026, require an additional 8 months of refugee cash assistance payments to a refugee after the payment of federally funded cash aid benefits has been exhausted. The bill would require the transition from federally funded refugee cash assistance payments to state-funded cash assistance payments to be seamless and would prohibit a refugee from being required to reapply for state cash assistance if the refugee is otherwise eligible. By imposing additional duties on counties, this 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 13286 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

13286.
 (a) In Upon appropriation by the Legislature in the Budget Act, in addition to the benefits provided pursuant to this chapter, an additional eight months of refugee cash assistance payments, to be paid from state funds, shall be paid to the refugee after the payment of the federally funded cash aid benefits has been exhausted.
(b) The transition from federally funded to state-funded refugee cash assistance payments shall be seamless, and shall not require a refugee to reapply for state cash assistance if the refugee is otherwise eligible.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.

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.