senate Bill S452
(D, WF) 28th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Vetoed by Governor
Relates to distribution of federal bonus awards relative to food stamp programs to local social services districts.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to distribution of
federal bonus awards relative to food stamp programs to local social
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would add a new subdivision 12 to Section 95 of the Social
Services Law to allow the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
to restrict the use or retain 5% of the total award of any federal Food
Stamp bonuses when distributing such bonuses to local social services
district It would permit OTDA to retain or place restrictions on more
than 5% of the funds, if it consults with local social services
districts in determining the use of funds. Further, the distribution
formula used to distribute the remaining funds to local social services
districts would be based on each local district's contribution towards
acquiring the bonus. These funds could be spent by the local district
for any food and nutrition purpose consistent with the districts legal
Currently, the state has the discretion to determine how Federal Food
Stamp bonus awards are allocated to local districts. Although the state
has historically passed on a majority of bonus money to local districts
to used at their own discretion, it has recently changed its practice.
In order for a local district to receive any of the most recent bonus
money awarded to the state, each local district is required to file a
plan for the use of the funds with Office of Temporary and Disability
Assistance (OTDA). OTDA offers guidance on appropriate, recommended uses
of the funds, and discretion on how to file a "Plan for Use" applica-
tion. The latest federal bonus equaled $9.8 million of which $7 Million
is identified for distribution to the localities that submit a "Plan of
Use." Basically, OTDA is determining the use of the entire bonus amount
that came to the state even though the bonus was awarded due to the
efforts of local districts.
Strong performance in various areas of program implementation and devel-
opment by local social services districts contribute to the State's
overall success in the food stamp program. Local social services
districts should therefore receive a proportionate amount of and federal
Food Stamp bonuses awarded based on their individual contributions.
None, the state was planning on awarding the bonuses anyway.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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