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



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SB739:v98#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  May 27, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 739


Introduced by Senator Cortese

February 19, 2021


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 739, as amended, Cortese. California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age 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, commencing January 1, 2022, and subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, to administer the California Universal Basic Income for Transition Age 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 ages out of the Extended Foster Care Program at 21 years of age during the year of 2022 would receive a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for 3 years. years, regardless of what age they entered the Extended Foster Care Program. 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 exempt the universal basic income, to the extent permissible under federal law, from being considered income for eligibility and benefit amount determination purposes for specified public social services, programs, and financial aid. The bill would require the department to work with at least one independent, research-based institution to identify existing, and establish additional, outcome measurements, and to submit a specified report relating to the pilot project to the Legislature by January 1, 2026. after the conclusion of each year of the pilot program. The bill would authorize the department to accept in-kind contributions, including, but not limited to, financial mentorship services for recipients. The bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions by means of a departmental directive or similar instruction.
This bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2027.
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.
 (a) 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 Transition-Age Youth pilot project. project with the goal of improving outcomes for foster youth. The pilot project shall commence on January 1, 2022, and end on December 31, 2025. 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 ages out of the Extended Foster Care Program at 21 years of age during the year of 2022, regardless of what age they entered the Extended Foster Care Program, shall be eligible for the program and shall receive a universal basic income of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month for three years.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on January 1, 2026.

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. To the extent authorized under federal law, the universal basic income provided by this project shall not be considered income or resources for purposes of determining eligibility to receive benefits or the amount of those benefits under the following public social services, programs, and financial aid:
(a) CalWORKs.
(b) CalFresh.
(c) Transitional Housing Placement-Plus Foster Care.
(d) California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC).
(e) Medi-Cal.
(f) State and federal financial aid and college support programs, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Grants from the California State University under the State University Grant program or a successor to that program.
(2) Benefits provided to veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States pursuant to Title 38 of the United States Code.
(3) The Cal Grant Program (Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 69430) of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code).
(4) Chafee grant awards (Section 69519 of the Education Code).
(5) Community College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (Article 8 (commencing with Section 69640) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code).
(6) Pell Grants (Subpart 1 (commencing with Section 1070a) of Title 20 of the United States Code).
(7) The State University Educational Opportunity Program (Article 6 (commencing with Section 89250) of Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education Code).
(8) The Middle Class Scholarship Program (Article 22 (commencing with Section 70020) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code).

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.

18992.2.
 (a) The department shall work with at least one independent, research-based institution to identify existing, and establish additional, outcome measurements. These measurements shall inform an evaluation report that shall be provided to the Legislature after the conclusion of each year of the pilot program. The evaluation shall include outcomes for the foster youth served under the California Universal Basic Income for Transition-Age Youth Pilot Project, models utilized, and measures specific to the objectives of the project. Notwithstanding any other law, the department may accept and expend funds from nongovernment sources for the evaluation, for a longitudinal study of the California Universal Basic Income for Transition-Age Youth Pilot Project that is in addition to the evaluation, or for both. The report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following information, with respect to the period of evaluation:
(1) Starting income of the participant before receiving monthly Universal Basic Income (UBI) payments under the California Universal Basic Income for Transition-Age Youth Pilot Project.
(2) Geographic indicators, including county of residence, city, and ZIP Code.
(3) Employment status of the participant before receiving monthly UBI payments.
(4) Housing status of the participant before receiving monthly UBI payments.
(5) Additional descriptive and outcome indicators, as appropriate.
(b) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) The department may accept in-kind contributions, including, but not limited to financial mentorship services for recipients.

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.

18992.4.
 (a) This chapter shall become operative on January 1, 2022.
(b) This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.