Public Benefits

Legislation

State bills about Public Benefits, such as SSI

 

AB 942 - CalFresh: Restaurant Meals Program
DRC Support - Request for Signature

AB 942 takes the very important step of requiring the Department of Social Services to establish a process for entering into a memorandum of understanding with restaurants that are located in a county that has not opted into administering the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) in the county.

AB 942 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 942 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 683 - Medi-Cal: eligibility
DRC Support

AB 683 updates the Medi-Cal asset limits eligibility for the Aged and Disabled program. The current limit of $2,000 for an individual, with disregards for necessities such as a home or car, is out-of-date and out of sync with the rest of the Medi-Cal program.

AB 683 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 683 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 1351 - Transit operators: paratransit and dial-a-ride services
DRC Support - Request for Signature

Current law requires a for profit or nonprofit transit operator that receives state funds through the Mills Alquist Deddeh Act, and that provides a paratransit service as part of those services, to assure the availability of those services regardless of motor vehicle ownership and area of residence of the rider. AB 1351 adds three additional important requirements to the provision of those paratransit services.

AB 1351 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1351 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 612 - CalFresh: Restaurant Meals Program
DRC Support

Existing law authorizes the State Department of Social Services to enter into a statewide memorandum of understanding with the Chancellor of the California State University to prevent hunger among college students who are homeless, elderly, and disabled. It authorizes any food facility on the campus to participate in the CalFresh program through a statewide memorandum of authority.

AB 612 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 612 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 298 - Poverty reduction
DRC Support

California has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for the high cost of living in our state. That translates to one in five children or 1.9 million California children.

SB 298 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 298 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 1434 - Public social services: SSI/SSP
DRC Support

The Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program (SSI/SSP) provides cash grants to low-income aged, blind and disabled individuals. Over 900,000 of the 1.3 million recipients in California are blind and disabled. Unfortunately, the Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2019-20 does not include an increase to the SSI/SSP grant beyond the federally provided COLA, which the LAO estimates will increase SSI/SSP by $19 for individuals and $29 for couples in FY 2019-20.

AB 1434 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1434 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 285 - Public social services
DRC Support

This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to oversee a state and local accountability partnership to increase CalFresh participation and retention, to foster continuous quality improvement in the administration of the CalFresh program, and establish statewide goals for CalFresh participation and improvement.

SB 285 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 285 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 1643 - Developmental services
DRC Support and Sponsor

This bill would additionally require each regional center to post on its internet website any other policies, guidelines, or assessment tools used to determine the service needs of a consumer, and would require the department to ensure that the purchase of service policies and other policies, guidelines, or assessment tools are available to the public on the regional center's internet website.

AB 1643 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1643 Position Letter (rtf)