SB 899

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2013-2014 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 14, 2014
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

CalWORKs: eligibility.

Bill Subjects

Calworks: Eligibility.


Existing law requires each county to provide cash assistance and other social services to needy families through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant program, state, and county funds. Under existing law, for purposes of determining a family's maximum aid payment under the CalWORKs program, the number of needy persons in the same family is not increased for any child born into a family that has received aid under the CalWORKs program continuously for the 10 months prior to the birth of the child, with specified exceptions. This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family's maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid or denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant's or recipient's family while the applicant's or recipient's family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program. The bill would specify that an applicant or recipient is not entitled to an increased benefit payment for any month prior to January 1, 2015, as a result of the repeal of that exclusion or the enactment of that express prohibition. The bill would also prohibit the department from conditioning an applicant's or recipient's eligibility for aid on the applicant's or recipient's disclosure of information regarding rape, incest, or contraception, as specified, or the applicant's or recipient's use of contraception. The bill would make related findings and declarations. Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county aid grant costs under the CalWORKs program. This bill would declare that no appropriation would be made for purposes of the bill. To the extent that this bill affects eligibility under the CalWORKs program, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Bill Sponsors (15)



Nov 30, 2014


From committee without further action.

May 23, 2014


Held in committee and under submission.

May 16, 2014


Set for hearing May 23.

Apr 28, 2014


Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Apr 11, 2014


Set for hearing April 28.

Apr 09, 2014


From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 3. Noes 2. Page 3119.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on APPR.

Mar 06, 2014


Set for hearing April 8.

Mar 05, 2014


Hearing postponed by committee.

Feb 13, 2014


Set for hearing March 25.

Jan 23, 2014


Referred to Com. on HUMAN S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HUMAN S.

Jan 15, 2014


From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 14.

Jan 14, 2014


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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01/14/14 - Introduced PDF

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