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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 371 (Mullin) - CalWORKs Family Unity Act of 2015
          
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          |Version: June 29, 2015          |Policy Vote: HUMAN S. 5 - 0     |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: August 27, 2015   |Consultant: Jolie Onodera       |
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          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                     adopted by the committee on August 27, 2015


          Bill  
          Summary:  AB 371 would revise and expand eligibility for the CalWORKs  
          program, as follows: 
               Deletes the consideration of child deprivation as a factor  
              in determining eligibility, and enables eligibility without  
              regard to the employment status of a parent (current law  
              requires the principal earner to be unemployed or working  
              less than 100 hours per month) if the family meets all other  
              eligibility requirements.
               Provides that the absence of a parent, as defined, is not  
              a condition of eligibility to receive CalWORKs benefits, and  
              expands the definition of "absent parent" to include parents  
              absent solely by reason of the performance of active duty in  
              the armed forces.
               Reduces work requirements for pregnant women from 30 hours  
              to 20 hours per week during the welfare-to-work 24-month  
              clock, and aligns work requirements for two-parent AUs for  
              all families including two adults, as specified.







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          Fiscal  
          Impact:  
           Ongoing major increase in CalWORKs grant, services, and  
            administrative costs of $15.7 million to $18.5 million  
            (General Fund) per year to the extent removing the child  
            deprivation rule results in additional eligible cases and  
            fewer cases discontinued from the CalWORKs program.
           One-time costs potentially in excess of $150,000 (General  
            Fund) for automation changes required to effectuate the  
            eligibility changes imposed under this measure.
           Unknown net increase/decrease in CalWORKs program costs  
            (General Fund) resulting from the changes to hourly work  
            requirements for AUs with two adults, which could result in  
            increased employment services costs, offset to some degree by  
            grant cost savings resulting from increased earnings or higher  
            rates of sanction.


          Committee  
          Amendments:  Revise the implementation date to July 1, 2016, and  
          make other technical changes.


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