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S02307 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2307
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                    IN SENATE
 
                                    January 12, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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  recipients  of
          public assistance who lack appropriate child care
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 131 of the social services law, as
     2  added by section 11 of part B of chapter 436 of the  laws  of  1997,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    5.  No public assistance shall be given to an applicant for or recipi-
     5  ent of public assistance who has failed to comply with the  requirements
     6  of  this chapter, or has refused to accept employment in which he or she
     7  is able to engage.  Except that no applicant or  recipient  who  is  the
     8  parent  or  caretaker  relative of an eligible child shall be subject to
     9  the ineligibility provisions of this chapter if the lack of  child  care
    10  that  is  appropriate,  suitable,  and within a reasonable distance, and
    11  reflects parental preferences prevents  the  individual  from  complying
    12  with the requirements therein.
    13    §  2.  Paragraph  (e)  of  subdivision  1 of section 332 of the social
    14  services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of  the
    15  laws  of  1997,  is  amended and a new paragraph (f) is added to read as
    16  follows:
    17    (e) a woman who is  pregnant,  beginning  thirty  days  prior  to  the
    18  medically verified date of delivery of her child[.];
    19    (f)  the  parent  or  caretaker relative of an eligible child, for the
    20  period of time during which such participation is prevented by the  lack
    21  of  child  care  that  is  appropriate, suitable and within a reasonable
    22  distance, and that is reflective of the child care preferences  included
    23  in the parent's assessment.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03020-01-7

        S. 2307                             2
 
     1    §  3.  Subdivision  1  of section 336-d of the social services law, as
     2  added by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws  of  1997,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    1.  Each  applicant  for or recipient of public assistance shall, upon
     5  request of the social services official, demonstrate that he or  she  is
     6  engaged  in  an active and continuing effort to achieve self-sufficiency
     7  as defined by the department.   Such effort shall  include  but  not  be
     8  limited  to  an  active  and  continuing  search  for employment, or for
     9  persons otherwise exempt in accordance with section three hundred  thir-
    10  ty-two  of  this  title,  and  where  deemed  appropriate  by the social
    11  services official, activities that foster  preparation  for  employment.
    12  Each  such  applicant  or  recipient  shall  have an affirmative duty to
    13  accept any offer of lawful employment in which he or she may engage. The
    14  failure of a social services district to assign applicants  and  recipi-
    15  ents to activities pursuant to this title shall not relieve such persons
    16  from  the  requirements    of  this  section. An individual who fails to
    17  comply with the requirements of the section  shall  be  subject  to  the
    18  provisions  set forth in subdivision five of section one hundred thirty-
    19  one of this chapter and [of section] sections  three  hundred  forty-one
    20  and  three  hundred forty-two of this title. Except that no applicant or
    21  recipient who is the parent or caretaker relative of an  eligible  child
    22  shall  be subject to the ineligibility provisions of this section if the
    23  lack of child care that is appropriate, suitable, and within  a  reason-
    24  able  distance  prevents  the  individual  from  complying with the work
    25  requirements of this section.
    26    § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
    27  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    28  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    29  tation  of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or
    30  before such date.
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