senate Bill S4498

Provides for the extension of current exemptions of income and resources to qualify for public assistance programs

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 17 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1105
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 15 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A6331

Summary

Provides for the extension of current exemptions of income and resources to qualify for public assistance programs.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6331
Versions:
S4498
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Social Services
Laws Affected:
Amd Part B §153, Chap 436 of 1997
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: A2865, A7450
2007-2008: A2824

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4498

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend chapter 436 of the laws of 1997, constituting the welfare
reform act of 1997, in relation to extending the current exemptions of
income and resources for public assistance programs

PURPOSE OF BILL:

This proposal would extend the income and resource exemption
provisions of Social Services Law § 131-n to ensure that families do
not have to divest themselves of certain resources to qualify for
public assistance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill would amend subdivision (c) of section 153 of
Part B of Chapter 436 of the Laws of 1997, constituting the Welfare
Reform Act of 1997, to extend the provisions of Social Services Law
§131-n from August 22, 2011 to August 22, 2013.

Section 2 of the bill would provide for an immediate effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

Social Services Law § 131-n sets forth the resources that are exempt
and disregarded when calculating the amount of public assistance
benefits that are provided to a household. This provision currently
expires on August 22, 2011.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This provision was last extended by Chapter 137 of the Laws of 2009.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:

As a critical component of improving the economic well-being of low
income families, households in receipt of public assistance should
have certain resources exempt from consideration when determining
eligibility for public assistance. This bill would continue to
preserve statutorily those resources that a recipient of public
assistance may possess without affecting eligibility for or the
amount of assistance. The resources covered by the exemption include
liquid resources, subject to a specified amount; the, home that is
the usual residence of the household; one automobile subject to a
certain fair market value; one burial plot per household member; bona
fide funeral agreements subject to a certain amount; and certain
other resources. The resource exemptions
extended by the proposal are reasonable and recognize that households
should be able to have certain resources exempt from consideration
when determining eligibility for public assistance, especially when
the resources may be an essential component of self-sufficiency. This
proposal would extend the current resource policies without any
changes.


BUDGET IMPLICATIONS:

This proposal would have no fiscal impact since the proposal merely
extends the current law.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4498

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GALLIVAN -- (at request of the Office of Temporary
  and Disability Assistance) -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend chapter 436  of  the  laws  of  1997,  constituting  the
  welfare  reform  act  of  1997,  in  relation to extending the current
  exemptions of income and resources for public assistance programs

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivision (c) of section 153 of part B of chapter 436 of
the laws of 1997, constituting  the  welfare  reform  act  of  1997,  as
amended  by  chapter  137  of  the  laws  of 2009, is amended to read as
follows:
  (c) Section sixteen of this act shall take effect November 1, 1997 and
expire and be deemed repealed August 22, [2011] 2013;
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09893-01-1

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