Provides for the extension of current exemptions of income and resources to qualify for public assistance programs.
Ayes (32): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (3): Griffo, Kruger, Peralta
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, constituting the welfare reform act of 1997, in relation to extending the current exemptions of income and resources for public assistance programs
PURPOSE OF BILL:
This proposal would extend the income and resource exemption provisions of Social Services Law § 131-n to ensure that families do not have to divest themselves of certain resources to qualify for public assistance.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would amend subdivision (c) of section 153 of Part B of Chapter 436 of the Laws of 1997, constituting the Welfare Reform Act of 1997, to extend the provisions of Social Services Law §131-n from August 22, 2011 to August 22, 2013.
Section 2 of the bill would provide for an immediate effective date.
Social Services Law § 131-n sets forth the resources that are exempt and disregarded when calculating the amount of public assistance benefits that are provided to a household. This provision currently expires on August 22, 2011.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This provision was last extended by Chapter 137 of the Laws of 2009.
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:
As a critical component of improving the economic well-being of low income families, households in receipt of public assistance should have certain resources exempt from consideration when determining eligibility for public assistance. This bill would continue to preserve statutorily those resources that a recipient of public assistance may possess without affecting eligibility for or the amount of assistance. The resources covered by the exemption include liquid resources, subject to a specified amount; the, home that is the usual residence of the household; one automobile subject to a certain fair market value; one burial plot per household member; bona fide funeral agreements subject to a certain amount; and certain other resources. The resource exemptions extended by the proposal are reasonable and recognize that households should be able to have certain resources exempt from consideration when determining eligibility for public assistance, especially when the resources may be an essential component of self-sufficiency. This proposal would extend the current resource policies without any changes.
This proposal would have no fiscal impact since the proposal merely extends the current law.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4498 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- (at request of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, constituting the welfare reform act of 1997, in relation to extending the current exemptions of income and resources for public assistance programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (c) of section 153 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, constituting the welfare reform act of 1997, as amended by chapter 137 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (c) Section sixteen of this act shall take effect November 1, 1997 and expire and be deemed repealed August 22,
2013; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09893-01-1