This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:52 AM by lpoole.
This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 12:21 PM by cynthiahopkin.
This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:14 AM by cynthiahopkin.




Chief Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

House Sponsor: Steve Eliason


9     General Description:
10          This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Workforce Services Code.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     defines "approved self-reliance training";
14          ▸     requires that a client receiving certain public assistance complete at least two hours
15     of approved self-reliance training within 90 days of receiving assistance Ĥ→ [
as a
16     condition of receiving assistance beyond 90 days
] ←Ĥ
17          ▸     requires the Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver, if federal law or
18     regulation Ĥ→ [
does not allow] prohibits requiring ←Ĥ self-reliance training Ĥ→ [as a
18a     condition of receiving public
19     assistance
] ←Ĥ ;
20          ▸     describes what entities may offer approved self-reliance training; and
21          ▸     describes the reporting requirements of the department.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None
26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:
28          35A-3-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 221
29     ENACTS:
30          35A-3-116, Utah Code Annotated 1953

32     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33          Section 1. Section 35A-3-102 is amended to read:
34          35A-3-102. Definitions.
35          As used in this chapter:
36          (1) "Adjudicative proceeding" has the same meaning as defined in Section 63G-4-103.
37          (2) "Administrative order" means an order issued by the department that addresses an
38     overpayment of public assistance.
39          (3) "Applicant" means a person who requests assistance under this chapter.
40          (4) "Approved self-reliance training" means an educational class, training session, or
41     counseling session:
42          (a) approved by the department;
43          (b) described in Section 35A-3-116; and
44          (c) provided at no cost to a client.
45          [(4)] (5) "Assignment of support" means the transfer to the state of a recipient's right to
46     receive support from another person that accrues during the period the recipient receives public
47     assistance, including a right to receive support on behalf of any family member for whom the
48     recipient is applying for or receiving assistance.
49          [(5)] (6) "Average monthly number of families" means the average number of families
50     who received cash assistance on a monthly basis during the previous federal fiscal year.
51          [(6)] (7) "Cash assistance" means the monthly dollar amount a recipient is eligible to
52     receive under the Family Employment Program under Section 35A-3-302.
53          [(7)] (8) "Child care services" means care of a child by a responsible person who is not
54     the child's parent or legal guardian, for a portion of the day that is less than 24 hours in a
55     qualified setting, as defined by rules made by the department in accordance with Title 63G,
56     Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
57          [(8)] (9) (a) "Civic organization" means an organization that provides services to its
58     community.

59          (b) "Civic organization" includes a community service club or organization, a
60     charitable health care or service organization, a fraternal organization, a labor union, a minority
61     or ethnic organization, a commercial or industrial organization, a commerce or business club, a
62     private nonprofit organization, a private nonprofit corporation that provides funding to a
63     community service organization, an organization that advocates or provides for the needs of
64     persons with low incomes, a religious organization, and an organization that fosters strong
65     neighborhoods and communities.
66          [(9)] (10) "Court order" means a judgment or order of a court of this state, another
67     state, or the federal government that addresses an overpayment of public assistance.
68          [(10)] (11) "Date of enrollment" means the date on which the applicant was approved
69     as eligible for cash assistance.
70          [(11)] (12) "Director" means the director of the division assigned by the department to
71     administer a program.
72          [(12)] (13) "Diversion" or "diversion payment" means a one-time cash assistance
73     payment under Section 35A-3-303 to a recipient who is eligible for cash assistance, but does
74     not require extended cash assistance under Part 3, Family Employment Program.
75          [(13)] (14) "Education or training" means:
76          (a) basic remedial education;
77          (b) adult education;
78          (c) high school education;
79          (d) education to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma;
80          (e) education to learn English as a second language;
81          (f) applied technology training;
82          (g) employment skills training; or
83          (h) on-the-job training.
84          [(14)] (15) "Full-time education or training" means training on a full-time basis as
85     defined by the educational institution attended by the parent recipient.
86          [(15)] (16) "General assistance" means financial assistance provided to a person under
87     Part 4, General Assistance.
88          [(16)] (17) "Notice of agency action" means the notice required to commence an
89     adjudicative proceeding as described in Section 63G-4-201.

90          [(17)] (18) "Obligor" means an individual:
91          (a) who is liable to the state under Section 35A-3-603 and applicable federal statutes
92     and regulations; or
93          (b) against whom an administrative or judicial order determining overpayment has
94     been obtained.
95          [(18)] (19) (a) "Overpayment" means money, public assistance, or another item of
96     value provided under a state or federally funded benefit program to a person that is not entitled
97     to receive it or is not entitled to receive it at the level provided.
98          (b) "Overpayment" includes money paid to a provider under this title in connection
99     with public assistance or another publicly funded assistance program to the extent that the
100     provider receives payment:
101          (i) for goods or services not provided; or
102          (ii) in excess of the amount to which the provider is entitled.
103          [(19)] (20) "Parent recipient" means a person who enters into an employment plan with
104     the department to qualify for cash assistance under Part 3, Family Employment Program.
105          [(20)] (21) "Performance goals" means a target level of performance that will be
106     compared to actual performance.
107          [(21)] (22) "Performance indicators" means actual performance information regarding
108     a program or activity.
109          [(22)] (23) "Performance monitoring system" means a process to regularly collect and
110     analyze performance information, including performance indicators and performance goals.
111          [(23)] (24) "Plan" or "state plan" means the state plan submitted to the Secretary of the
112     United States Department of Health and Human Services to receive funding from the United
113     States through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant in accordance with
114     42 U.S.C. Sec. 602.
115          [(24)] (25) "Recipient" means a person who is qualified to receive, is receiving, or has
116     received assistance under this chapter.
117          [(25)] (26) "Single minor parent" means a person under 18 years of age who is not
118     married and has a minor child in the person's care and custody.
119          [(26)] (27) "Transitional cash assistance" means assistance provided to a recipient to
120     stabilize employment and reduce the future use of cash assistance provided under Part 3,

121     Family Employment Program.
122          Section 2. Section 35A-3-116 is enacted to read:
123          35A-3-116. Self-reliance training.
124          (1) If the department determines that it is not prohibited under federal law or
125     regulation, a client Ĥ→ who is at least 21 years old, but who is younger than 65 years old,
125a     and who is ←Ĥ receiving public assistance under this chapter Ĥ→ , ←Ĥ shall complete at
125b     least two
126     hours of approved self-reliance training within 90 days of the first day of receiving public
127     assistance Ĥ→ [
as a condition of continuing to receive public assistance beyond 90 days] ←Ĥ .
128          (2) If the department determines that federal law or regulation regarding a specific
129     service or benefit under this chapter prohibits requiring a client to complete at least two hours
130     of self-reliance training within 90 days of first receiving public assistance Ĥ→ [
as a condition of
131     continuing to receive the service or benefit
] ←Ĥ
, the department shall:
132          (a) seek a waiver from the appropriate federal agency to allow requiring the training;
133     and
134          (b) inform the client about the option of completing self-reliance training.
135          (3) The department shall ensure that approved self-reliance training:
136          (a) is designed to help Ĥ→ [
participants] clients ←Ĥ learn to become financially stable
136a     and less
137     dependent on government assistance;
138          (b) teaches skills and knowledge that will assist Ĥ→ [
a participant] clients ←Ĥ in
138a     becoming self-reliant;
139          (c) is available at sufficient times and places to enable clients to reasonably complete
140     the training; Ĥ→ [
and] ←Ĥ
141          (d) is offered at no cost to clients Ĥ→ [
.] ;
141a          (e) includes an option for online training; and
141b          (f) is provided and taught in a manner that is sensitive to the specific needs and
141c     challenges of clients, including:
141d          (i) employment situations and work schedules;
141e          (ii) health or disability related employment issues;
141f          (iii) family care responsibilities and schedules; and
141g          (iv) transportation issues; ←Ĥ
142          (4) Approved self-reliance training may be offered by the department or any of the
143     following if approved by the department:
144          (a) a civic organization as defined in Section 35A-3-102;
144a     Ŝ→      (b) a for-profit entity; ←Ŝ
145          Ŝ→ [
(b)] (c) ←Ŝ an educational institution; or
146          Ŝ→ [
(c)] (d) ←Ŝ any state or local entity.
147          (5) The director may contract with a civic organization to provide approved
148     self-reliance training, if the director follows the procedures for contracting with a civic
149     organization for the provision of social capital as described in Section 35A-3-507.
150          (6) As part of the annual written report described in Section 35A-1-109, the department
151     shall:

152          (a) describe what entities are providing approved self-reliance training;
153          (b) provide the number of clients who have completed at least two hours of approved
154     self-reliance training;
155          (c) describe any services or benefits under this chapter that may not be conditioned on
156     the completion of self-reliance training because of federal law or regulation; and
157          (d) describe the response to any waiver request described in Subsection (2)(a).
157a      Ĥ→ (7) A client's completion of the approved self-reliance training described in
157b     Subsection (1) is not a condition of the client continuing to receive public assistance. ←Ĥ

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