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AB-396 CalFresh: educational programs.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/03/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 396


Introduced by Assembly Member Gabriel

February 03, 2021


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 396, as introduced, Gabriel. CalFresh: educational programs.
Existing federal law provides for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, formerly the Food Stamp Program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. Under existing law, households are eligible to receive CalFresh benefits to the extent permitted by federal law. Existing federal law provides that students who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half-time are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet one of several specified exemptions, including participating in specified employment training programs.
Existing state law provides that, for the purposes of determining eligibility, certain postsecondary educational programs, as determined by the State Department of Social Services, are considered employment training programs, thereby qualifying a student participating in one of those programs for an exemption, unless prohibited by federal law.
This bill would require a program that meets the eligibility standards established by the department for CalFresh local educational programs that increase employability at a campus of the California State University, the California Community College, vocational school, or graduate school, and would request each campus of the University of California, to submit an application for certification to the department on or before June 1, 2022. To the extent that this provision would impose new duties on community college districts to submit an application for certification to the department, it would constitute 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, immediately following Section 18901.11, to read:

18901.12.
 A program that meets the eligibility standards established by the State Department of Social Services for CalFresh local educational programs that increase employability at a campus of the California State University, the California Community College, vocational school, or graduate school shall, and each campus of the University of California is requested to, submit a certification application to the department on or before June 1, 2022.

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.