NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3451B
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to allowances for
the costs of diapers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill creates an allowance for eligible parents to receive a quar-
terly allowance to assist in the purchasing of diapers for their chil-
dren two years and under.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 would amend section 350 of the social services law by adding a
new paragraph (c): In accordance with the regulations of the department
approved by the director of the budget, allowances granted under the
provisions of this title may include the costs of diapers for an eligi-
ble child, two years of age or younger. Said allowances shall not exceed
eighty dollars every three months, per eligible child.
Section 2 sets forth the effective date.
Children under the age of two require frequent diaper changes, which can
become financially challenging for low-income parents. Frequent diaper
changes are also necessary to prevent diaper rash, which if left
untreated, could lead to other health issues for the baby. Helping
parents gain an adequate supply of diapers will assist in avoiding
further health issues for their children. The bill would provide eligi-
ble parents with an allowance to purchase diapers. Every three months,
parents of children aged two years and younger will be eligible to
receive up to eighty dollars, which will assist those who have trouble
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2021: S. 63 passed Senate, died in Assembly.
2020: S1086-B reported to Senate Finance
2019: S.1086-B passed Senate, died in Assembly
2017 - 2018: S.1318/A.5793 - referred to Senate Children and Families
2016 - 2017: Referred to Senate Children and Families
FISCAL IMPLICATION TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
To be determined.
On the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 26, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. SOLAGES, EICHENSTEIN, SAYEGH, CRUZ, SIMON,
LAVINE, TAYLOR, FRONTUS, L. ROSENTHAL, GLICK, GOTTFRIED, EPSTEIN,
FERNANDEZ -- read once and referred to the Committee on Social
Services -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the
Committee on Social Services in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec.
2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to allowances for
the costs of diapers
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 350 of the social services law is
2 amended by adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows:
3 (c) In accordance with the regulations of the department approved by
4 the director of the budget, allowances granted under the provisions of
5 this title may include the costs of diapers for an eligible child, two
6 years of age or younger. Said allowances shall not exceed eighty
7 dollars, every three months, per eligible child.
8 § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding
9 the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.