Bill S5249-2013

Requires participants in public assistance employment programs to complete a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance

Requires participants in public assistance employment programs to complete a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance; authorizes local social services districts to cooperate with the department of labor in providing workforce guidance and information.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 20, 2013: referred to social services
  • Jun 20, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 20, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 20, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1497
  • May 31, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 15, 2013: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

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BILL NUMBER:S5249

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring participants in public assistance employment programs to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance

PURPOSE:

Provides that social service districts may require, on a case-by-case basis, those who are collecting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to participate in a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance, with such instruction counting toward meeting the 30 hour work requirement or as an educational activity. Further, that such district may cooperate with the Department of Labor to provide workforce guidance and information as provided in the Labor Law regarding nontraditional careers for women, such as in the trades, to TANF recipients. The purpose of this provision is to encourage women recipients of TANF to pursue and be able to secure certain nontraditional careers that pay above average salaries.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Social Services Law section 336 to authorize the staff at social service districts to cooperate with the Labor Department to provide workforce guidance and information regarding nontraditional careers, including the trades, for women as provided for in Labor Law section 10-c. Further it adds a new subdivision (j-1) to authorize the social services district staff to be able to consider as "work activity" participation in a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance so that such person may still receive TANF aid Under this provision, such course of instruction would be considered "work activity."

Section 2 amends Social Services Law section 336-a to add the provision of education in financial literacy and personal finance pursuant to Social Services Law section 336 (1) (j-1) to be considered to be "educational activity" pursuant to the Social Services Law. Under this provision, not only can taking part in a financial literacy and personal finance course of instruction count as a "work activity" for the purposes of obtaining TANF aid, but also it can count as an "educational activity."

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill incorporates into the Social Services Law the proposition that women who receive TANF aid may be helped if they are provided access to nontraditional careers, such as the trades, that can lead to higher salaries, career growth and economic security. Too often, low-income women are tracked into low-paying jobs, keeping them locked into perpetual basic survival with no future. This bill is one more step toward helping low-income women access better-paying careers with upward mobility.

Additionally, this bill allows TANF caseworkers to decide, on a case-by-case basis, whether participation in financial literacy and personal finance courses would be of additional benefit. By participating in such classes, such recipients may become more aware of their current financial choices and course of conduct and change that behavior in a manner that leads to a more secure financial future. Under this bill, those TANF recipients that take such workforce guidance and/or financial literacy classes can have such activities to be considered as fulfilling their work or educational activities under the Social Services Law.

The combination of access to nontraditional careers and financial literacy instruction can greatly support the transition of low-income women from basic survival to economic security and empowerment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance is immediately authorized and directed to promulgate, amend and/or repeal any rules and regulations that may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5249 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 15, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring participants in public assistance employment programs to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subdivision 1 of section 336 of the social services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, is amended and a new paragraph (j-l) is added to read as follows: (f) job search and job readiness assistance, provided that job search is an active and continuing effort to secure employment configured by the local social services official; AND SUCH SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT MAY WORK IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PROVIDE WORK- FORCE GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TEN-C OF THE LABOR LAW; (J-L) EDUCATION OR A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN FINANCIAL LITERACY AND PERSONAL FINANCE THAT INCLUDES INSTRUCTION ON HOUSEHOLD CASH MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, CAREER ADVICE TO OBTAIN A WELL PAYING AND SECURE JOB, USING CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, OBTAINING AND UTILIZING SHORT AND LONG TERM CREDIT, SECURING A LOAN OR OTHER LONG TERM FINANCING ARRANGEMENT FOR HIGH COST ITEMS SUCH AS A MOTOR VEHICLE, HOME OR PARTICIPATION IN A HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE OF INSTRUCTION OR TRADE SCHOOL, OBTAINING AND USING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS, INVESTING AND SAVING MONEY, AND PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 336-a of the social services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows:
1. Social services districts shall make available vocational educa- tional training and educational activities. Such activities may include but need not be limited to, high school education or education designed to prepare a participant for a high school equivalency certificate, basic and remedial education, education in English proficiency, EDUCA- TION IN FINANCIAL LITERACY AND PERSONAL FINANCE PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (J-1) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX OF THIS TITLE, and no more than a total of two years of post-secondary education (or the part-time equivalent if full-time study would constitute an undue hardship) in any of the following providers which meet the performance or assessment standards established in regulations by the commissioner for such providers: a community college, licensed trade school, registered business school, or a two-year college; provided, however, that such post-secondary education must be necessary to the attainment of the participant's individual employment goal as set forth in the employability plan and such goal must relate directly to obtain- ing useful employment in a recognized occupation. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance is immediately authorized and directed to promulgate, amend and/or repeal any rules and regulations that may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date.

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