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AB-2269 CalWORKs: eligibility.(2017-2018)



Current Version: 03/14/18 - Amended Assembly        


AB2269:v98#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Assembly  March 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2269


Introduced by Assembly Member Lackey

February 13, 2018


An act to amend Section 11253 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2269, as amended, Lackey. CalWORKs: eligibility.
Existing law provides for 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. Existing law prohibits the granting of CalWORKs aid to a child who has attained 18 years of age unless the child is less than 19 years of age, is attending high school or vocational training on a full-time basis, and is reasonably expected to complete the educational or training program before his or her 19th birthday.
This bill would extend this exception to make a person who is less than 22 20 years of age eligible for CalWORKs assistance if he or she is attending high school or vocational training on a full-time basis and is reasonably expected to complete the educational or training program before his or her 22nd 20th birthday. By expanding eligibility for CalWORKs, which is administered by counties, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county costs under the CalWORKs program.
This bill would instead provide that the continuous appropriation would not be made for purposes of implementing the bill.
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 11253 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

11253.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), aid shall not be granted under this chapter to, or on behalf of, any person who has attained 18 years of age unless all of the following apply:
(1) The person is less than 22 20 years of age and is attending high school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training on a full-time basis.
(2) The person can reasonably be expected to complete the educational or training program before his or her 22nd 20th birthday.
(b) (1) Aide Aid shall be granted under this chapter to, or on behalf of, any nonminor dependent, as defined in subdivision (v) of Section 11400, if the nonminor dependent is placed in the approved home of a relative under the supervision of the county child welfare or probation department or Indian tribe that has entered into an agreement pursuant to Section 10553.1, and the nonminor dependent otherwise is eligible pursuant to Section 11403.
(2) The eligible nonminor dependent is exempt from Chapter 4.6 (commencing with Section 10830) of Part 2 governing the statewide fingerprint imaging system.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, payment of aid under this chapter may be made out of state if the nonminor dependent who is described in subdivision (b) is placed in the approved home of a relative who resides in another state.

SEC. 2.

 No appropriation pursuant to Section 15200 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall be made for purposes of implementing this act.

SEC. 3.

 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.