Relates to distribution of federal bonus awards relative to food stamp programs to local social services districts.
Ayes (3): Squadron, Duane, Krueger
Ayes W/R (1): McDonald
Nays (1): Marcellino
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Nays (1): LaValle
Excused (2): Larkin, Morahan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to distribution of federal bonus awards relative to food stamp programs to local social services districts
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would add a new subdivision 12 to Section 95 of the Social Services Law to allow the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to restrict the use or retain 5% of the total award of any federal Food Stamp bonuses when distributing such bonuses to local social services district It would permit OTDA to retain or place restrictions on more than 5% of the funds, if it consults with local social services districts in determining the use of funds. Further, the distribution formula used to distribute the remaining funds to local social services districts would be based on each local district's contribution towards acquiring the bonus. These funds could be spent by the local district for any food and nutrition purpose consistent with the districts legal authority.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the state has the discretion to determine how Federal Food Stamp bonus awards are allocated to local districts. Although the state has historically passed on a majority of bonus money to local districts to used at their own discretion, it has recently changed its practice. In order for a local district to receive any of the most recent bonus money awarded to the state, each local district is required to file a plan for the use of the funds with Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). OTDA offers guidance on appropriate, recommended uses of the funds, and discretion on how to file a "Plan for Use" application. The latest federal bonus equaled $(.8 million of which $7 Million is identified for distribution to the localities that submit a "Plan of Use." Basically, OTDA is determining the use of the entire bonus amount that came to the state even though the bonus was awarded due to the efforts of local districts.
Strong performance in various areas of program implementation and development by local social services districts contribute to the state's overall success in the food stamp program. Local social services districts should therefore receive a proportionate amount of and federal Food stamp bonuses awarded based on their individual contributions.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None, the state was planning on awarding the bonuses anyway.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This ACT shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7941 IN SENATE May 25, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUEGER -- 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 distribution of federal bonus awards relative to food stamp programs to local social services districts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 95 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 12 to read as follows: 12. (A) ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS OF LAW NOTWITHSTANDING, IN THE EVENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS A BONUS BECAUSE OF SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS' PERFORMANCE RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF FOOD STAMP BENEFITS, THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL DISTRIBUTE THE BONUS AS FOLLOWS: (I) THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE MAY RETAIN OR PLACE LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF FIVE PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE BONUS. THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE MAY RETAIN, OR PLACE LIMI- TATIONS ON THE USE OF AN ADDITIONAL PORTION OF THE ENTIRE BONUS, PROVIDED THAT THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE SHALL DETERMINE THE USE OF THIS ADDITIONAL RETAINED OR LIMITED PORTION IN CONSULTATION WITH THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS. (II) ANY PORTION OF THE BONUS THAT IS NOT RETAINED OR LIMITED IN USE BY THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO SUBPAR- AGRAPH (I) OF THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS IN PROPORTION TO THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS ACQUIRING THE BONUS AS DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE. (B) FUNDS DISTRIBUTED PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION MAY BE EXPENDED BY THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT FOR ANY FOOD AND NUTRITION PURPOSE CONSISTENT WITH ITS AUTHORI- TY UNDER LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14324-01-9