senate Bill S5249

Amended

Authorizes social services districts to offer participants in public assistance employment programs an option to complete a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance

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  • 15 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 31 / May / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1497
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 16 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 16 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5249A
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1074
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

Summary

Authorizes social services districts to offer participants in public assistance employment programs an option to complete a course of instruction in financial literacy and personal finance; authorizes local social services districts to cooperate with the department of labor in providing workforce guidance and information.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7763
Versions:
S5249
S5249A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง336 & 336-a, Soc Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S5249

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation
to requiring participants in public assistance employment programs to
complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance

PURPOSE:

Provides that social service districts may require, on a case-by-case
basis, those who are collecting Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) benefits to participate in a course of instruction in
financial literacy and personal finance, with such instruction
counting toward meeting the 30 hour work requirement or as an
educational activity. Further, that such district may cooperate with
the Department of Labor to provide workforce guidance and information
as provided in the Labor Law regarding nontraditional careers for
women, such as in the trades, to TANF recipients. The purpose of this
provision is to encourage women recipients of TANF to pursue and be
able to secure certain nontraditional careers that pay above average
salaries.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Social Services Law section 336 to authorize the
staff at social service districts to cooperate with the Labor
Department to provide workforce guidance and information regarding
nontraditional careers, including the trades, for women as provided
for in Labor Law section 10-c. Further it adds a new subdivision (j-1)
to authorize the social services district staff to be able to consider
as "work activity" participation in a course of instruction in
financial literacy and personal finance so that such person may still
receive TANF aid Under this provision, such course of instruction
would be considered "work activity."

Section 2 amends Social Services Law section 336-a to add the
provision of education in financial literacy and personal finance
pursuant to Social Services Law section 336 (1) (j-1) to be considered
to be "educational activity" pursuant to the Social Services Law.
Under this provision, not only can taking part in a financial literacy
and personal finance course of instruction count as a "work activity"
for the purposes of obtaining TANF aid, but also it can count as an
"educational activity."

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill incorporates into the Social Services Law the proposition
that women who receive TANF aid may be helped if they are provided
access to nontraditional careers, such as the trades, that can lead to
higher salaries, career growth and economic security. Too often,
low-income women are tracked into low-paying jobs, keeping them locked
into perpetual basic survival with no future. This bill is one more
step toward helping low-income women access better-paying careers with
upward mobility.


Additionally, this bill allows TANF caseworkers to decide, on a
case-by-case basis, whether participation in financial literacy and
personal finance courses would be of additional benefit. By
participating in such classes, such recipients may become more aware
of their current financial choices and course of conduct and change
that behavior in a manner that leads to a more secure financial
future. Under this bill, those TANF recipients that take such
workforce guidance and/or financial literacy classes can have such
activities to be considered as fulfilling their work or educational
activities under the Social Services Law.

The combination of access to nontraditional careers and financial
literacy instruction can greatly support the transition of low-income
women from basic survival to economic security and empowerment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner of
temporary and disability assistance is immediately authorized and
directed to promulgate, amend and/or repeal any rules and regulations
that may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its
effective date.

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

                                  5249

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO, VALESKY -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Social Services

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  social  services  law, in relation to requiring
  participants in public assistance employment programs  to  complete  a
  course in financial literacy and personal finance

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subdivision 1 of section 336 of the social
services law, as amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of  the
laws  of  1997, is amended and a new paragraph (j-l) is added to read as
follows:
  (f) job search and job readiness assistance, provided that job  search
is  an  active  and continuing effort to secure employment configured by
the local social services official; AND SUCH  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT
MAY  WORK  IN  COOPERATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO PROVIDE WORK-
FORCE GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION TEN-C  OF  THE
LABOR LAW;
  (J-L)  EDUCATION  OR A COURSE OF INSTRUCTION IN FINANCIAL LITERACY AND
PERSONAL FINANCE THAT INCLUDES INSTRUCTION ON HOUSEHOLD CASH  MANAGEMENT
TECHNIQUES,  CAREER ADVICE TO OBTAIN A WELL PAYING AND SECURE JOB, USING
CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, OBTAINING AND UTILIZING  SHORT  AND  LONG
TERM  CREDIT,  SECURING  A LOAN OR OTHER LONG TERM FINANCING ARRANGEMENT
FOR HIGH COST ITEMS SUCH AS A MOTOR VEHICLE, HOME OR PARTICIPATION IN  A
HIGHER  EDUCATION  COURSE  OF INSTRUCTION OR TRADE SCHOOL, OBTAINING AND
USING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS, INVESTING AND SAVING MONEY,  AND  PLANNING
FOR RETIREMENT.
  S  2.  Subdivision  1  of section 336-a of the social services law, as
amended by section 148 of part B of chapter 436 of the laws of 1997,  is
amended to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10797-03-3

S. 5249                             2

  1.  Social  services  districts shall make available vocational educa-
tional training and educational activities.  Such activities may include
but need not be limited to, high school education or education  designed
to  prepare  a  participant  for  a high school equivalency certificate,
basic  and  remedial education, education in English proficiency, EDUCA-
TION IN FINANCIAL LITERACY AND PERSONAL FINANCE  PURSUANT  TO  PARAGRAPH
(J-1)  OF  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX OF THIS
TITLE, and no more than a total of two years of post-secondary education
(or the part-time equivalent if  full-time  study  would  constitute  an
undue  hardship)  in  any  of  the  following  providers  which meet the
performance or assessment standards established in  regulations  by  the
commissioner  for  such providers:   a community college, licensed trade
school, registered business school, or  a  two-year  college;  provided,
however,  that  such  post-secondary  education must be necessary to the
attainment of the participant's individual employment goal as set  forth
in  the employability plan and such goal must relate directly to obtain-
ing useful employment in a recognized occupation.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner  of
temporary  and  disability  assistance  is  immediately  authorized  and
directed to promulgate, amend and/or repeal any  rules  and  regulations
that  may  be  necessary  to implement the provisions of this act on its
effective date.

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