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A07714 Summary:

BILL NOA07714
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07133
 
SPONSORHunter
 
COSPNSRBarron, Walsh
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Rpld §350 sub 1 ¶(d), amd §131-a, Soc Serv L
 
Authorizes the payment of camp fees for children receiving safety net assistance or family assistance provided such funds cannot be obtained from other sources.
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A07714 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7714
 
SPONSOR: Hunter
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to authorizing the payment of camp fees for children receiving safety net assistance; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto   PURPOSE OF THE BILL: The bill would allow camp fee payments for children in Safety Net Assistance (SNA) cases to be disbursed as part of a household's Public Assistance (PA) case.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill would repeal Social Services Law (SSL) § 350(1)(d), which provides for allowances for summer camp fees to chil- dren in receipt of Family Assistance (FA) only. Section 2 of the bill would amend SSL § 131-a(5)(d) to allow social services districts to provide allowances for camp fees to children in receipt of FA or SNA. In addition, section 2 would change statutory references from "depart- ment" to "office of temporary and disability assistance" to reflect that the New York State Department of Social Services is no longer in exist- ence and that the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is being referred to in these provisions of law. Section 3 of the bill would provide that this act shall become effective June 30, 2021, and any rules or regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made on an emergency basis.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, State law only provides an allowance for summer camp fees under the FA program. This bill would combine the existing requirements of SSL §§ 131-a(5)(d) and 350(1)(d) and then extend eligibility for camp fee payments to families with SNA cases. The bill merely makes a correction to address an unintended consequence of welfare reform legis- lation. Eligibility for camp fees should be based on need rather than the cate- gory of assistance being received. Extending the camp fees to children receiving SNA will help reduce disparities among similarly situated children and promote health and well-being by enabling more children to socialize, participate in new activities, and spend time outdoors. In addition, camp fee allowances support working parents by offering them the opportunity to have their children cared for in a safe and meaning- ful environment.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill. The omission of an allowance for camp fees in the SNA program was not purposeful. Prior to the Welfare Reform Act of 1997 (Chapter 436 of the Laws of 1997), almost all children receiving PA were included in the former Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program. Therefore, there was no need to provide an allowance for camp fees in the Home Relief program (the predecessor to the SNA program). However, the Welfare Reform Act of 1997 placed a five-year time limit on the receipt of FA. Families who exceed the five-year time limit are no longer eligible to receive FA, but they could be eligible to receive SNA. Beginning in December 2001, some families with children received SNA rather than FA as a result of the time limits. Families receiving SNA are ineligible for camp fee payments.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is anticipated that the fiscal impact of this bill would be minimal. For State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22, there would be minimal fiscal impact. Thereafter, the anticipated annual cost would be approximately $40,000 ($12,000 State/$28,000 local), which would be subsumed within a total gross SNA program cost of roughly $1.8 billion.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall become effective on June 30, 2021, and any rules or regu- lations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effec- tive date are authorized to be made on an emergency basis.
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A07714 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7714
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 20, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. HUNTER -- (at request of the Office of Temporary
          and Disability Assistance) -- read once and referred to the  Committee
          on Social Services
 
        AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to authorizing the
          payment of camp fees for children receiving safety net assistance; and
          to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 350 of the social
     2  services law is REPEALED.
     3    §  2.  Paragraph  (d)  of subdivision 5 of section 131-a of the social
     4  services law, as amended by chapter 81 of the laws of 1995,  is  amended
     5  to read as follows:
     6    (d)  camp  fees  for a camp operated by a not-for-profit organization,
     7  corporation or agency, which has been issued an operating certificate by
     8  the appropriate health official  in  whose  jurisdiction  such  camp  is
     9  located,  when  in  the  judgment  of the social services official it is
    10  advisable for the welfare of a  child  receiving  family  assistance  or
    11  safety net assistance to attend such camp, provided, however, that funds
    12  cannot  be  obtained  from  other sources [for children receiving aid to
    13  dependent children] and such assistance is not in excess of maximum fees
    14  as established by regulations of the [department]  office  of  temporary
    15  and  disability  assistance; life insurance premiums provided the policy
    16  is assigned to the  [department]  office  of  temporary  and  disability
    17  assistance,  or  in  cases  where the recipient is aged, his or her life
    18  expectancy is short, or he or she is deemed uninsurable[.];
    19    § 3. This act shall take effect June 30, 2021.  Effective immediately,
    20  the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation, includ-
    21  ing regulations promulgated on an emergency  basis,  necessary  for  the
    22  implementation  of  this  act on its effective date are authorized to be
    23  made and completed on or before such effective date.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09984-02-1
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