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S.B. 37 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Stuart C. Reid

House Sponsor: Jeremy A. Peterson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah Workforce Services Code by enacting the Intergenerational
             10      Poverty Mitigation Act to monitor data related to intergenerational poverty.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms; and
             14          .    requires the Department of Workforce Services to establish and maintain a system
             15      to track intergenerational poverty related data to identify at-risk children and other
             16      groups, identify trends, and to assist case workers, social scientists, and government
             17      officials in the study and development of plans and programs to help individuals
             18      and families break the cycle of poverty.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          35A-8-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             26          35A-8-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27          35A-8-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             30          Section 1. Section 35A-8-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             33          35A-8-101. Title.
             34          This chapter is known as the "Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act."
             35          Section 2. Section 35A-8-102 is enacted to read:
             36          35A-8-102. Definitions.
             37          As used in this chapter:
             38          (1) "Cycle of poverty" or "poverty cycle" means the set of factors or events by which
             39      the long-term poverty of a person is likely to continue and be experienced by each child of the
             40      person when the child becomes an adult unless there is outside intervention.
             41          (2) (a) "Intergenerational poverty" means poverty in which two or more successive
             42      generations of a family continue in the cycle of poverty and government dependance.
             43          (b) "Intergenerational poverty" does not include situational poverty.
             44          (3) "Poverty" means the state of a person who lacks a usual or socially acceptable
             45      amount of money or material possessions as demonstrated by the person's income level being at
             46      or below the United States poverty level as defined by the most recently revised poverty
             47      income guidelines published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in
             48      the Federal Register.
             49          (4) "Situational poverty" means temporary poverty that:
             50          (a) is generally traceable to a specific incident or time period within the lifetime of a
             51      person; and
             52          (b) is not continued to the next generation.
             53          Section 3. Section 35A-8-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Intergenerational Poverty Tracking System

             55          35A-8-201. Intergenerational poverty tracking system -- Data -- Analysis --
             56      Annual report.
             57          (1) The department shall establish and maintain a system to track intergenerational

             58      poverty.
             59          (2) The system shall:
             60          (a) identify groups that have a high risk of experiencing intergenerational poverty;
             61          (b) identify incidents, patterns, and trends that explain or contribute to
             62      intergenerational poverty;
             63          (c) assist case workers, social scientists, and government officials in the study and
             64      development of effective and efficient plans and programs to help individuals and families in
             65      the state to break the cycle of poverty; and
             66          (d) gather and track available local, state, and national data on:
             67          (i) official poverty rates;
             68          (ii) child poverty rates;
             69          (iii) years spent by individuals in childhood poverty;
             70          (iv) years spent by individuals in adult poverty; and
             71          (v) related poverty information.
             72          (3) The department shall:
             73          (a) use available data in the tracking system, including public assistance data, census
             74      data, and other data made available to the department;
             75          (b) develop and implement methods to integrate, compare, analyze, and validate the
             76      data for the purposes described in Subsection (2);
             77          (c) protect the privacy of individuals living in poverty by using and distributing data
             78      within the tracking system in compliance with:
             79          (i) federal requirements; and
             80          (ii) the provisions of Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and
             81      Management Act; and
             82          (d) no later than September 30 of each year, provide an annual report on the data,
             83      findings, and potential uses of the tracking system to:
             84          (i) the governor;
             85          (ii) the Legislative Management Committee; and

             86          (iii) the Legislature's Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim
             87      Committee.

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