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First Substitute H.B. 139

Representative David Litvack proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: David Litvack

             5      This act modifies provisions related to financial assistance programs for needy families with
             6      children. The act creates a Family Employment Advisory Committee to study and make
             7      recommendations on eligibility for participation in the Family Employment Program. The
             8      act provides a repealer and an effective date.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          63-55-235, as last amended by Chapter 46, Laws of Utah 2001
             12      ENACTS:
             13          35A-3-306.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             14      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             15          Section 1. Section 35A-3-306.5 is enacted to read:
             16          35A-3-306.5. Family Employment Advisory Committee.
             17          (1) (a) After July 1, 2002, the executive director shall appoint a Family Employment
             18      Program Advisory Committee as a subcommittee of the State Council on Workforce Services.
             19          (b) The subcommittee shall be composed of:
             20          (i) three representatives from the State and Regional Councils on Workforce Services;
             21          (ii) a representative from the Division of Child and Family Services;
             22          (iii) four representatives from the Department of Workforce Services, to include
             23      employment counselors;
             24          (iv) a parent from a one-parent family and a parent from a two-parent family who have
             25      received or are receiving cash assistance under the Family Employment Program; and

             26          (v) four representatives from advocacy groups representing low-income families impacted
             27      by the Family Employment Program.
             28          (c) A representative from the Social Research Institute shall serve in an advisory capacity
             29      to the subcommittee.
             30          (2) (a) Members may not receive compensation or benefits for their service, but may
             31      receive expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties at the rate established by the
             32      Division of Finance under Section 63A-3-107 .
             33          (b) Members may decline to receive expenses for their services.
             34          (3) The subcommittee shall serve as an advisory committee to the State Council on
             35      Workforce Services.
             36          (4) The executive director shall convene or reconvene the subcommittee to study and make
             37      recommendations on modifying the eligibility requirements for participation in the Family
             38      Employment Program by interrupting its lifetime time limits through stop-the-clock procedures
             39      by which the division may not count toward the 36-month time limit in Section 35A-3-306 or the
             40      60-month federal time limit a period of at least 24 months.
             41          (5) (a) No later than November 30, 2002, the subcommittee shall present its findings under
             42      Subsection (4) to the State Council on Workforce Services and the Workforce and Community and
             43      Economic Development Interim Committee for review and recommendations on proposed changes
             44      to the Family Employment Program.
             45          (b) (i) The recommendations shall include a process by which the division could best
             46      implement the stop-the-clock procedures referred to in Subsection (4).
             47          (ii) The division shall implement the stop-the-clock recommendations no later than July
             48      1, 2003.
             49          Section 2. Section 63-55-235 is amended to read:
             50           63-55-235. Repeal dates, Title 35A.
             51          (1) Title 35A, Utah Workforce Services Code, is repealed July 1, 2005.
             52          (2) Section 35A-3-114 , the Displaced Homemaker Program, together with the provision
             53      for funding that program contained in Subsection 17-16-21 (2)(b), is repealed July 1, 2007.
             54          (3) The Family Employment Advisory Committee created in Section 35A-3-306.5 , is
             55      repealed July 1, 2003.
             56          Section 3. Effective date.

             57          This act takes effect on July 1, 2002.

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