Extends the provisions of the Welfare Reform Act of 1997 to 2015.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (2): Diaz, 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 bill would extend for 2 years the income and resource exemption provisions of Social Services L. § 131-n.
Summary of Provisions:
Section 1 amends 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 L. § 131-n from August 22, 2013 to August 22, 2015.
Section 2 provides for an immediate effective date.
Social Services L. § 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 expires on August 22, 2013.
Prior Legislative History:
This provision was last extended for 2 years by Chapter 163 of the Laws of 2011.
Statement in Support:
As a critical component of improving the economic well-being of low income families, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has a long-standing policy that households in receipt of public assistance should have certain resources exempted from consideration when determining eligibility for public assistance. This bill continues to preserve statutorily those resources that a recipient of public assistance may possess without affecting eligibility for or the amount of assistance which 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. This bill extends the current resource policies without any changes.
This bill has no fiscal impact since it extends the current statutory policy.
This bill takes effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5066 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- (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 163 of the laws of 2011, 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,
2015; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09030-01-3