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SB-739 California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 739


Introduced by Senator Cortese

February 19, 2021


An act to add Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 18992) to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 739, as introduced, Cortese. California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Social Services and requires the department to administer various public social services programs, including the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families and individuals, and the CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county.
This bill would require the department, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, to administer the California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project, under which a California resident who is 21 years of age who exited foster care upon reaching 21 years of age would receive a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for 3 years. The bill would define universal basic income to mean unconditional cash payments of equal amounts issued monthly to individual residents of California with the intention of ensuring the economic security of recipients. The bill would require the department to submit a specified report relating to the pilot project to the Legislature by January 1, 2026. The bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions by means of a departmental directive or similar instruction.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 18992) is added to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  13. California Universal Basic Income for Transition-Age Youth Pilot Project

18992.
 Subject to an appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose, the State Department of Social Services shall administer the California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Youth pilot project. Under the pilot project, a California resident who is 21 years of age and who exited the foster care system upon reaching 21 years of age shall receive a universal basic income of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month for three years.

18992.1.
 For purposes of this chapter, “universal basic income” means unconditional cash payments of equal amounts issued monthly to eligible individuals with the intention of ensuring the economic security of recipients.

18992.2.
 (a) The department shall, by January 1, 2026, submit a report to the Legislature relating to the pilot project. The report shall address, at a minimum, outcomes for youth that participated in the pilot project and recommendations relating to the continued provision of universal basic income to former foster youth.
(b) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

18992.3.
 Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code the department may, without taking any further regulatory action, implement, interpret, or make specific this chapter by means of departmental directives or similar instructions.