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H.B. 51






Chief Sponsor: James A. Dunnigan

Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Laura BlackNeil A. Hansen
Steven R. MascaroChristine F. Watkins              9     
             10      LONG TITLE
             11      Committee Note:
             12          The Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Interim
             13      Committee recommended this bill.
             14      General Description:
             15          This bill modifies provisions of the Family Employment Program regarding the
             16      requirements for a single minor parent to receive cash assistance under the program.
             17      Highlighted Provisions:
             18          This bill:
             19          .    modifies the cash assistance to the single minor parent provision of the Family
             20      Employment Program by bringing it into compliance with federal law as to
             21      employment and education or training requirements.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:

             28          35A-3-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             30      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             31          Section 1. Section 35A-3-307 is amended to read:
             32           35A-3-307. Cash assistance to a single minor parent.
             33          (1) The division may provide cash assistance to a single minor parent in accordance
             34      with this section.
             35          (2) A single minor parent who receives cash assistance under this part shall:
             36          (a) reside in a place of residence maintained by a parent, legal guardian, or other adult
             37      relative of the single minor parent, except as provided in Subsection (3);
             38          (b) participate in education for parenting and life skills;
             39          (c) participate in infant and child wellness programs operated by the Department of
             40      Health; and
             41          (d) for not less than 20 hours per week:
             42          (i) attend high school or an alternative to high school, if the single minor parent does
             43      not have a high school diploma;
             44          (ii) participate in education or training; or
             45          [(iii) participate in employment; or]
             46          [(iv)] (iii) participate in a combination of employment and education or training.
             47          (3) (a) If the division determines that the requirements of Subsection (2)(a) are not
             48      appropriate for a single minor parent, the division may assist the single minor parent to obtain
             49      suitable living arrangements, including an adult-supervised living arrangement.
             50          (b) As a condition of receiving cash assistance, a single minor parent who is exempt
             51      from the requirements of Subsection (2)(a) shall reside in a living arrangement that is approved
             52      by the division.
             53          (c) The approval by the division of a living arrangement under Subsection (3)(b):
             54          (i) is a means of safeguarding the use of state and federal funds; and
             55          (ii) is not a certification or guarantee of the safety, quality, or condition of the living
             56      arrangements of the single minor parent.
             57          (4) (a) If a single minor parent resides with a parent, the division shall include the
             58      income of the parent of the single minor parent in determining the single minor parent's

             59      eligibility for services and supports under this part.
             60          (b) If a single minor parent receives services and supports under this chapter but does
             61      not reside with a parent, the division shall seek an order under Title 78B, Chapter 12, Utah
             62      Child Support Act, requiring the parent of the single minor parent to financially support the
             63      single minor parent.
             64          (5) The requirements of this section shall be included in a single minor parent's
             65      employment plan under Section 35A-3-304 .

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