Senate Bill #226 (2021)

AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM

Provides for adjustments to the payment standard for cash assistance.

View latest version | View original version
View status on official RI website

Subscribe to email updates


Changes since original draft

  • 2021 – S 0226
  • 2021 – S 0226 SUBSTITUTE A
  • ========
  • LC001612
  • LC001612/SUB A
  • ========
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2021
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES – THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM
  • Introduced By: Senators Murray, Felag, Seveney, Euer, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin,
  • Cano, Pearson, and DiPalma
  • Date Introduced: February 10, 2021
  • Referred To: Senate Finance
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 40-5.2-10, 40-5.2-11, 40-5.2-12 and 40-5.2-33 of the General Laws in Chapter 40-5.2 entitled "The Rhode Island Works Program" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 40-5.2-8, 40-5.2-10, 40-5.2-11, 40-5.2-20 and 40-5.2-33 of the General Laws in Chapter 40-5.2 entitled "The Rhode Island Works Program" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 40-5.2-8. Definitions.
  • As used in this chapter, the following terms having the meanings set forth herein, unless the context in which such terms are used clearly indicates to the contrary:
  • (1) "Applicant" means a person who has filed a written application for assistance for herself/himself and her/his dependent child(ren). An applicant may be a parent or non-parent caretaker relative.
  • (2) "Assistance" means cash and any other benefits provided pursuant to this chapter.
  • (3) "Assistance unit" means the assistance-filing unit consisting of the group of persons, including the dependent child(ren), living together in a single household who must be included in the application for assistance and in the assistance payment if eligibility is established. An assistance unit may be the same as a family.
  • (4) "Benefits" shall mean assistance received pursuant to this chapter.
  • (5)"Communityservice programs" means structuredprograms and activities inwhich cash assistance recipients perform work for the direct benefit of the community under the auspices of public or nonprofit organizations. Community service programs are designed to improve the employability of recipients not otherwise able to obtain paid employment.
  • (6) "Department" means the department of human services.
  • (7) "Dependent child" means an individual, other than an individual with respect to whom foster care maintenance payments are made, who is: (A) Under the age of eighteen (18); or (B) Under the age of nineteen (19) and a full-time student in a secondary school (or in the equivalent level of vocational or educational training), if before he or she attains age nineteen (19), he or she may reasonably be expected to complete the program of the secondary school (or such training).
  • (8) "Director" means the director of the department of human services.
  • (9) "Earned income" means income in cash or the equivalent received by a person through the receipt of wages, salary, commissions, or profit from activities in which the person is self- employed or as an employee and before any deductions for taxes.
  • (10) "Earned income tax credit" means the credit against federal personal income tax liability under § 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 32, or any successor section, the advanced payment of the earned income tax credit to an employee under § 3507 of the code, 26 U.S.C. § 3507 [repealed], or any successor section and any refund received as a result of the earned income tax credit, as well as any refundable state earned income tax credit.
  • (11) "Education directly related to employment" means education, in the case of a participant who has not received a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency, related to a specific occupation, job, or job offer.
  • (12) "Family" means: (A) A pregnant woman from and including the seventh month of her pregnancy; or (B) A child and the following eligible persons living in the same household as the child: (C) Each biological, adoptive or stepparent of the child, or in the absence of a parent, any adult relative who is responsible, in fact, for the care of such child; and (D) The child's minor siblings (whether of the whole or half blood); provided, however, that the term "family" shall not include any person receiving benefits under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1381 et seq. A family may be the same as the assistance unit.
  • (13) "Gross earnings" means earnings from employment and self-employment further described in the department of human services rules and regulations.
  • (14) "Individual employment plan" means a written, individualized plan for employment developed jointly by the applicant and the department of human services that specifies the steps the participant shall take toward long-term economic independence developed in accordance with § 40-5.2-10(e). A participant must comply with the terms of the individual employment plan as a condition of eligibility in accordance with § 40-5.2-10(e).
  • (15) "Job search and job readiness" means the mandatory act of seeking or obtaining employment by the participant, or the preparation to seek or obtain employment.
  • In accord with federal requirements, job search activities must be supervised by the department of labor and training and must be reported to the department of human services in accordance with TANF work verification requirements.
  • Except in the context of rehabilitation employment plans, and special services provided by the department of children, youth and families, job-search and job-readiness activities are limited to four (4) consecutive weeks, or for a total of six (6) weeks in a twelve-month (12) period, with limitedexceptionsas defined bythe department.Thedepartment of human services, inconsultation with the department of labor and training, shall extend job-search, and job-readiness assistance for up to twelve (12) weeks in a fiscal year if a state has an unemployment rate at least fifty percent (50%) greaterthantheUnited States unemployment rate if the state meets the definition of a"needy state" under the contingency fund provisions of federal law.
  • Preparation to seek employment, or job readiness, may include, but may not be limited to, the participant obtaining life-skills training, homelessness services, domestic violence services, special services for families provided by the department of children youth and families, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, or rehabilitation activities as appropriate for those who are otherwise employable. The services, treatment, or therapy must be determined to be necessary and certified by a qualified medical or mental health professional. Intensive work-readiness servicesmayincludework-basedliteracy,numeracy,hands-ontraining,workexperience,andcase- management services. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to mean that the department of labor and training shall be the sole provider of job-readiness activities described herein.
  • (16) "Job skills training directly related to employment" means training or education for job skills required by an employer to provide an individual with the ability to obtain employment or toadvance or adapt to thechangingdemands of the workplace.Jobskills trainingdirectlyrelated to employment must be supervised on an ongoing basis.
  • (17) "Minor parent" means a parent under the age of eighteen (18). A minor parent may be an applicant or recipient with his or her dependent child(ren) in his/her own case or a member of an assistance unit with his or her dependent child(ren) in a case established by the minor parent's parent.
  • (18) "Net income" means the total gross income of the assistance unit less allowable disregards and deductions as described in § 40-5.2-10(g).
  • (19) "On-the-job-training" means training in the public or private sector that is given to a paid employee while he or she is engaged in productive work and that provides knowledge and skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job. On-the-job training must be supervised by an employer, work-site sponsor, or other designee of the department of human services on an ongoing basis.
  • (20) "Participant" means a person who has been foundeligible for assistance in accordance with this chapter and who must comply with all requirements of this chapter, and has entered into an individual employment plan. A participant may be a parent or non-parent caretaker relative included in the cash assistance payment.
  • (21) "Recipient" means a person who has been found eligible and receives cash assistance in accordance with this chapter.
  • (22) "Relative" means a parent, stepparent, grandparent, great grandparent, great-great grandparent, aunt, great-aunt, great-great aunt, uncle, great-uncle, great-great uncle, sister, brother, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother,half-sister,first cousin,first cousinonce removed, niece,great- niece, great-great niece, nephew, great-nephew, or great-great nephew.
  • (23) "Resident" means a person who maintains residence by his or her continuous physical presence in the state.
  • (24) "Self-employment income" means the total profit from a business enterprise, farming, etc., resulting from a comparison of the gross receipts with the business expenses, i.e., expenses directly related to producing the goods or services and without which the goods or services could not be produced. However, items such as depreciation, personal business and entertainment expenses, and personal transportation are not considered business expenses for the purposes of determining eligibility for cash assistance in accordance with this chapter.
  • (25) "State" means the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
  • (26) "Subsidized employment" means employment in the private or public sectors for which the employer receives a subsidy from TANF or other public funds to offset some or all of the wages andcostsof employinga recipient. It includes workinwhich all or a portion ofthewages paid to the recipient are provided to the employer either as a reimbursement for the extra costs of training or as an incentive to hire the recipient, including, but not limited to, grant diversion.
  • (27) "Subsidized housing" means housing for a family whose rent is restricted to a percentage of its income.
  • (28) "Unsubsidized employment" means full- or part-time employment in the public or private sector that is not subsidized by TANF or any other public program.
  • (29) "Vocational educational training" means organized educational programs, not to exceedtwelve(12)monthswithrespecttoanyparticipant,thataredirectlyrelatedtothepreparation of participantsfor employment in current oremergingoccupations.Vocational educational training must be supervised.
  • (30) "Work activities" mean the specific work requirements that must be defined in the individual employment plan and must be complied with by the participant as a condition of eligibility for the receipt of cash assistance for single and two-family (2) households outlined in § 40-5.2-12 of this chapter.
  • (31) "Work experience" means a work activity that provides a participant with an opportunity to acquire the general skills, training, knowledge, and work habits necessary to obtain employment. The purpose of work experience is to improve the employability of those who cannot find unsubsidized employment. An employer, work site sponsor, and/or other appropriate designee of the department must supervise this activity.
  • (32) "Work supplementation," also known as "grant diversion," means the use of all or a portion of a participant's cash assistance grant and food stamp grant as a wage supplement to an employer. The supplement shall be limited to a maximum period of twelve (12) months. An employer must agree to continue the employment of the participant as part of the regular work force, beyond the supplement period, if the participant demonstrates satisfactory performance.
  • 40-5.2-10. Necessary requirements and conditions.
  • The following requirements and conditions shall be necessary to establish eligibility for the program.
  • (a) Citizenship, alienage, and residency requirements.
  • (1) A person shall be a resident of the state of Rhode Island.
  • (2) Effective October 1, 2008, a person shall be a United States citizen, or shall meet the alienage requirementsestablishedin §402(b) of the Personal ResponsibilityandWorkOpportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PRWORA, Pub. L. No. 104-193 and as that section may hereafter be amended [8 U.S.C. § 1612]; a person who is not a United States citizen and does not meet the alienage requirements established in PRWORA, as amended, is not eligible for cash assistance in accordance with this chapter.
  • (b) The family/assistance unit must meet any other requirements established by the department of human services by rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the administrative procedures act, as necessary to promote the purpose and goals of this chapter.
  • (c) Receipt of cash assistance is conditional upon compliance with all program requirements.
  • (d) All individuals domiciled in this state shall be exempt from the application of subdivision 115(d)(1)(A) of Pub. L. No. 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PRWORA [21 U.S.C. § 862a], which makes any individual ineligible for certain state and federal assistance if that individual has been convicted under federal or state law of any offense that is classified as a felony by the law of the jurisdiction and that has as an element the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance as defined in § 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 802(6)).
  • (e) Individual employment plan as a condition of eligibility.
  • (1) Following receipt of an application, the department of human services shall assess the financial conditions of the family, including the non-parent caretaker relative who is applying for cash assistance for himself or herself as well as for the minor child(ren), in the context of an eligibility determination. If a parent or non-parent caretaker relative is unemployed or under- employed, thedepartment shall conduct aninitial assessment, takingintoaccount:(A)The physical capacity, skills, education, work experience, health, safety, family responsibilities, and place of residenceoftheindividual;and(B)Thechildcareandsupportiveservicesrequiredbytheapplicant to avail himself or herself of employment opportunities and/or work-readiness programs.
  • (2) On the basis of this assessment, the department of human services and the department of labor and training, as appropriate, in consultation with the applicant, shall develop an individual employment plan for the family that requires the individual to participate in the intensive employment services. Intensive employment services shall be defined as the work requirement activities in § 40-5.2-12(g) and (i).
  • (3) The director, or his or her designee, may assign a case manager to an applicant/participant, as appropriate.
  • (4) The department of labor and training and the department of human services in conjunction with the participant shall develop a revised, individual employment plan that shall identify employment objectives, taking into consideration factors above, and shall include a strategy for immediate employment and for preparing for, finding, and retaining employment consistent, to the extent practicable, with the individual's career objectives.
  • (5) The individual employment plan must include the provision for the participant to engage in work requirements as outlined in § 40-5.2-12.
  • (6)(i) The participant shall attend and participate immediately in intensive assessment and employment servicesasthefirst stepintheindividual employment plan,unlesstemporarilyexempt from this requirement in accordance with this chapter. Intensive assessment and employment services shall be defined as the work requirement activities in § 40-5.2-12(g) and (i).
  • (ii) Parents under age twenty (20) without a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma(GED)shall bereferredtospecialteen-parentprogramsthatwillprovideintensiveservices designedtoassist teenparentstocompletehighschool educationorGED,andtocontinueapproved work plan activities in accord with Rhode Island works program requirements.
  • (7) The applicant shall become a participant in accordance with this chapter at the time the individual employment plan is signed and entered into.
  • (ii) Parents under age twenty (20) without a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma(GED)shall bereferredtospecialteen-parentprogramsthatwillprovideintensiveservices designedtoassist teenparentstocompletehighschool educationorGED,andtocontinueapproved work plan activities in accord with Rhode Island works program requirements.
  • (7) The applicant shall become a participant in accordance with this chapter at the time the individual employment plan is signed and entered into.
  • (8) Applicants and participants of the Rhode Island works program shall agree to comply with the terms of the individual employment plan, and shall cooperate fully with the steps established in the individual employment plan, including the work requirements.
  • (9) The department of human services has the authority under the chapter to require attendance by the applicant/participant, either at the department of human services or at the department of labor and training, at appointments deemed necessary for the purpose of having the applicant enter into and become eligible for assistance through the Rhode Island works program. The appointments include, but are not limited to, the initial interview, orientation, and assessment; job readiness; and job search. Attendance is required as a condition of eligibility for cash assistance in accordance with rules and regulations established by the department.
  • (10) As a condition of eligibility for assistance pursuant to this chapter, the applicant/participant shall be obligated to keep appointments; attend orientation meetings at the department of human services and/or the Rhode Islanddepartment of labor and training; participate inanyinitial assessmentsorappraisals; andcomplywithall thetermsoftheindividual employment plan in accordance with department of human services rules and regulations.
  • (11) A participant, including a parent or non-parent caretaker relative included in the cash assistance payment, shall not voluntarily quit a job or refuse a job unless there is good cause as defined in this chapter or the department's rules and regulations.
  • (12) A participant who voluntarily quits or refuses a job without good cause, as defined in § 40-5.2-12(l), while receiving cash assistance in accordance with this chapter, shall be sanctioned in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department.
  • (f) Resources.
  • (1) The family or assistance unit's countable resources shall be less than the allowable resource limit established by the department in accordance with this chapter.
  • (2) No family or assistance unit shall be eligible for assistance payments if the combined value of its available resources (reduced by any obligations or debts with respect to such resources) exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000).
  • (3) For purposes of this subsection, the following shall not be counted as resources of the family/assistance unit in the determination of eligibility for the works program:
  • (i) The home owned and occupied by a child, parent, relative, or other individual;
  • (ii) Real property owned by a husband and wife as tenants by the entirety, if the property is not the home of the family and if the spouse of the applicant refuses to sell his or her interest in the property;
  • (iii) Real property that the family is making a good-faith effort to dispose of, however, any cash assistance payable to the family for any such period shall be conditioned upon such disposal of the real property within six (6) months of the date of application and any payments of assistance for that period shall (at the time of disposal) be considered overpayments to the extent that they would not have occurred at the beginning of the period for which the payments were made. All overpayments are debts subject to recovery in accordance with the provisions of the chapter;
  • (iv) Income-producing property other than real estate including, but not limited to, equipment such as farm tools, carpenter's tools, and vehicles used in the production of goods or services that the department determines are necessary for the family to earn a living;
  • (v) One vehicle for each adult household member, but not to exceed two (2) vehicles per household, and in addition, a vehicle used primarily for income-producing purposes such as, but notlimitedto,ataxi,truck,orfishingboat; avehicleusedasafamily'shome; avehiclethat annually produces income consistent with its fair market value, even if only used on a seasonal basis; a vehicle necessary to transport a family member with a disability where the vehicle is specially equipped to meet the specific needs of the person with a disability or if the vehicle is a special type of vehicle that makes it possible to transport the person with a disability;
  • (vi) Household furnishings and appliances, clothing, personal effects, and keepsakes of limited value;
  • (vii) Burial plots (one for each child, relative, and other individual in the assistance unit) and funeral arrangements;
  • (viii) For the month of receipt and the following month, any refund of federal income taxes made to thefamilybyreason of §32 of the Internal Revenue Code of1986,26 U.S.C. § 32 (relating to earned income tax credit), and any payment made to the family by an employer under § 3507 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 3507 [repealed] (relating to advance payment of such earned income credit);
  • (ix) The resources of any family member receiving supplementary security income assistance under the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.
  • (ix) The resources of any family member receiving supplementary security income assistance under the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.;
  • (x) Any veteran's disability pension benefits received as a result of any disability sustained by the veteran while in the military service.
  • (g) Income.
  • (1) Except as otherwise provided for herein, in determining eligibility for and the amount of cash assistance to which a family is entitled under this chapter, the income of a family includes all of the money, goods, and services received or actually available to any member of the family.
  • (2) In determining the eligibility for and the amount of cash assistance to which a family/assistance unit is entitled under this chapter, income in any month shall not include the first one hundred seventy dollars ($170) of gross earnings plus fifty percent (50%) of the gross earnings of the family in excess of one hundred seventy dollars ($170) earned during the month.
  • (3) The income of a family shall not include:
  • (i) The first fifty dollars ($50.00) in child support received in any month from each noncustodial parent of a child plus any arrearages in child support (to the extent of the first fifty dollars ($50.00) per month multiplied by the number of months in which the support has been in arrears) that are paid in any month by a noncustodial parent of a child;
  • (ii) Earned income of any child;
  • (iii) Income received by a family member who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) assistance under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1381 et seq.;
  • (iv) The value of assistance provided by state or federal government or private agencies to meet nutritional needs, including: value of USDA-donated foods; value of supplemental food assistancereceived under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, and the special food service program for children under Title VII, nutrition program for the elderly, of the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended, and the value of food stamps;
  • (v) Value of certain assistance provided to undergraduate students, including any grant or loanforanundergraduatestudentforeducational purposesmadeorinsuredunderanyloanprogram administered by the United States Commissioner of Education (or the Rhode Island council on postsecondary education or the Rhode Island division of higher education assistance);
  • (vi) Foster care payments;
  • (vii) Home energy assistance funded by state or federal government or by a nonprofit organization;
  • (viii) Payments for supportive services or reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses made to foster grandparents, senior health aides, or senior companions and to persons serving in SCORE and ACE and any other program under Title II and Title III of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. § 5000 et seq.;
  • (ix) Payments to volunteers under AmeriCorps VISTA as defined in the department's rules and regulations;
  • (x) Certain payments to native Americans; payments distributed per capita to, or held in trust for, members of any Indian Tribe under P.L. 92-254, 25 U.S.C. § 1261 et seq., P.L. 93-134, 25 U.S.C. § 1401 et seq., or P.L. 94-540; receipts distributed to members of certain Indian tribes which are referred to in § 5 of P.L. 94-114, 25 U.S.C. § 459d, that became effective October 17, 1975;
  • (xi) Refund from the federal and state earned income tax credit;
  • (xii) The value of any state, local, or federal government rent or housing subsidy, provided that this exclusion shall not limit the reduction in benefits provided for in the payment standard section of this chapter;
  • (xiii) The earned income of any adult family member who gains employment, in compliancewiththeiremployment plan,whileanactiveRIWorkshouseholdmember.Suchearned income is excluded for the first six (6) months of earned income from employment, until the household reaches its forty-eight (48) month time limit, or until household's total gross income exceeds one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) whichever is first.
  • (xii) The value of any state, local, or federal government rent or housing subsidy, provided that this exclusion shall not limit the reduction in benefits provided for in the payment standard section of this chapter.;
  • (xiii) The earned income of any adult family member who gains employment while an active RhodeIsland Workshouseholdmember. Suchincome isexcludedforthefirst six(6) months of employment in which the income is earned, or until the household's total gross income exceeds one hundred and eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty level, unless the household reaches its forty-eight (48) month time limit first;
  • (xiv) Any veteran's disability pension benefits received as a result of any disability sustained by the veteran while in the military service.
  • (4) The receipt of a lump sum of income shall affect participants for cash assistance in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department.
  • (h) Time limit on the receipt of cash assistance.
  • (1) On or after January 1, 2020, no cash assistance shall be provided, pursuant to this chapter, to a family or assistance unit that includes an adult member who has received cash assistance for a total of forty-eight (48) months (whether or not consecutive), to include any time receiving any type of cash assistance in any other state or territory of the United States of America as definedherein. Providedfurther,in nocircumstancesother than providedforin subsection(h)(3) with respect to certain minor children, shall cash assistance be provided pursuant to this chapter to a family or assistance unit that includes an adult member who has received cash assistance for a total of a lifetime limit of forty-eight (48) months.
  • (2) Cash benefits received by a minor dependent child shall not be counted toward their lifetime time limit for receiving benefits under this chapter should that minor child apply for cash benefits as an adult.
  • (3) Certainminor children not subject totime limit.Thissection regardingthe lifetime time limit for the receipt of cash assistance shall not apply only in the instances of a minor child(ren) living with a parent who receives SSI benefits and a minor child(ren) living with a responsible, adult non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment.
  • (4) Receipt of family cash assistance in any other state or territory of the United States of America shall be determined by the department of human services and shall include family cash assistance funded in whole or in part by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds [TitleIV-Aofthefederal Social SecurityAct,42U.S.C.§601et seq.]and/orfamilycashassistance provided under a program similar to the Rhode Island families work and opportunity program or the federal TANF program.
  • (5)(i) The department of human services shall mail a notice to each assistance unit when the assistance unit has six (6) months of cash assistance remaining and each month thereafter until the time limit has expired. The notice must be developed by the department of human services and must contain information about the lifetime time limit; the number of months the participant has remaining; thehardshipextensionpolicy; theavailabilityofapost-employment-and-closurebonus; and any other information pertinent to a family or an assistance unit nearing the forty-eight-month (48) lifetime time limit.
  • (ii) For applicants who have less than six (6) months remaining in the forty-eight-month (48) lifetime time limit because the family or assistance unit previously received cash assistance in Rhode Island or in another state, the department shall notify the applicant of the number of months remaining when the application is approved and begin the process required in subsection (h)(5)(i).
  • (6) If a cash assistance recipient family was closed pursuant to Rhode Island's Temporary AssistanceforNeedyFamiliesProgram(federalTANFdescribedinTitleIV-Aofthefederal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.), formerly entitled the Rhode Island family independence program, more specifically under § 40-5.1-9(2)(c) [repealed], due to sanction because of failure to comply with the cash assistance program requirements; and that recipient family received forty- eight (48) months of cash benefits in accordance with the family independence program, then that recipient family is not able to receive further cash assistance for his/her family, under this chapter, except under hardship exceptions.
  • (7) The months of state or federally funded cash assistance received by a recipient family since May 1, 1997, under Rhode Island's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (federal TANF described in Title IV-A of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.), formerly entitled the Rhode Island family independence program, shall be countable toward the time-limited cash assistance described in this chapter.
  • (i) Time limit on the receipt of cash assistance.
  • (1) No cash assistance shall be provided, pursuant to this chapter, to a family assistance unit inwhichan adult member has receivedcash assistancefor atotal of sixty(60)months (whether or not consecutive) to include any time receiving any type of cash assistance in any other state or territory of the United States as defined herein effective August 1, 2008. Provided further, that no cash assistance shall be provided to a family in which an adult member has received assistance for twenty-four(24)consecutivemonthsunlesstheadult member hasarehabilitationemployment plan as provided in § 40-5.2-12(g)(5).
  • (2) Effective August 1, 2008, no cash assistance shall be provided pursuant to this chapter to a family in which a child has received cash assistance for a total of sixty (60) months (whether or not consecutive) if the parent is ineligible for assistance under this chapter pursuant to subdivision 40-5.2(a)(2) to include any time they received any type of cash assistance in any other state or territory of the United States as defined herein.
  • (j) Hardship exceptions.
  • (1) The department may extend an assistance unit's or family's cash assistance beyond the time limit, by reason of hardship; provided, however, that the number of families to be exempted by the department with respect to their time limit under this subsection shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the average monthly number of families to which assistance is provided for under this chapter in a fiscal year; provided, however, that to the extent now or hereafter permitted by federal law, any waiver granted under § 40-5.2-34, for domestic violence, shall not be counted in determining the twenty percent (20%) maximum under this section.
  • (2) Parents who receive extensions to the time limit due to hardship must have and comply with employment plans designed to remove or ameliorate the conditions that warranted the extension.
  • (k) Parents under eighteen (18) years of age.
  • (1) A family consisting of a parent who is under the age of eighteen (18), and who has never been married, and who has a child; or a family consisting of a woman under the age of eighteen (18) who is at least six (6) months pregnant, shall be eligible for cash assistance only if the family resides in the home of an adult parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative. The assistance shall be provided to the adult parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative on behalf of the individual and child unless otherwise authorized by the department.
  • (2) This subsection shall not apply if the minor parent or pregnant minor has no parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative who is living and/or whose whereabouts are unknown; or the department determines that the physical or emotional health or safety of the minor parent, or his or her child, or the pregnant minor, would be jeopardized if he or she was required to live in the same residence as his or her parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative (refusal of a parent, legal guardian, or other adult relative to allow the minor parent or his or her child, or a pregnant minor, to live in his or her home shall constitute a presumption that the health or safety would be so jeopardized); or the minor parent or pregnant minor has lived apart from his or her own parent or legal guardian for a period of at least one year before either the birth of any child to a minor parent or the onset of the pregnant minor's pregnancy; or there is good cause, under departmental regulations, for waiving the subsection; and the individual resides in a supervised supportive-living arrangement to the extent available.
  • (3) For purposes of this section, "supervised supportive-living arrangement" means an arrangement that requires minor parents to enroll and make satisfactory progress in a program leadingtoa high school diploma or a general educationdevelopment certificate,and requires minor parents to participate in the adolescent parenting program designated by the department, to the extent the program is available; and provides rules and regulations that ensure regular adult supervision.
  • (l) Assignment and cooperation. As a condition of eligibility for cash and medical assistance under this chapter, each adult member, parent, or caretaker relative of the family/assistance unit must:
  • (1) Assign to the state any rights to support for children within the family from any person that the family member has at the time the assignment is executed or may have while receiving assistance under this chapter;
  • (2) Consent to and cooperate with the state in establishing the paternity and in establishing and/orenforcingchildsupportandmedicalsupport ordersforallchildreninthefamilyorassistance unit in accordance with title 15, as amended, unless the parent or caretaker relative is found to have good cause for refusing to comply with the requirements of this subsection.
  • (3) Absent good cause, as defined by the department of human services through the rulemakingprocess,for refusingtocomplywiththerequirements of subsections(l)(1) and(2),cash assistance to the family shall be reduced by twenty-five percent (25%) until the adult member of the family who has refused to comply with the requirements of this subsection consents to and cooperates with the state in accordance with the requirements of this subsection.
  • (4) As a condition of eligibility for cash and medical assistance under this chapter, each adult member, parent, or caretaker relative of the family/assistance unit must consent to and cooperate with the state in identifying and providing information to assist the state in pursuing any third party who may be liable to pay for care and services under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq.
  • 40-5.2-11. Cash assistance.
  • (a) A family or assistance unit found by the department to meet the eligibility criteria set forth in this chapter shall be eligible to receive cash assistance as of the date a signed, written application, signed under a penalty of perjury, is received by the department.
  • (b) The family members or assistance unit shall be eligible for cash assistance for so long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria outlined in accordance with this chapter. Parents and adult non-parent caretaker relatives receiving cash assistance shall be eligible so long as they meet the terms and conditions of the work requirements of § 40-5.2-12. An adult caretaker relative shall beeligibleforassistanceasamember oftheassistanceunitsolongashe/shemeetsalltheeligibility requirements of this chapter.
  • (c) The monthly amount of cash assistance shall be equal to the payment standard for the family minus the countable income of the family in that month. The department is authorized to reduce the amount of assistance in the month of application to reflect the number of the days between the first day of the month and the effective date of the application.
  • (d) A decision on the application for assistance shall bemade or rejected by the department no later than thirty (30) days following the date submitted and shall be effective as of the date of application.
  • (e) The payment standard is equal to the sum of the following: three hundred twenty-seven dollars ($327) (two hundred seventy-seven dollars ($277) for a family residing in subsidized housing) for the first person, one hundred twenty-two dollars ($122) for the second person, one hundred five dollars ($105) for the third person and eighty dollars ($80) for each additional person. Effective October 1, 2021, the payment standard for the assistance unit shall be no less than fifty percent (50%) of the poverty guideline for the comparable assistance unit size as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for calendar year 2021. Thereafter, the payment standard shall be adjusted in October of each year to be no less than fifty percent (50%) of the poverty guideline for the comparable assistance unit size as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for that calendar year.
  • 40-5.2-12. Work requirements for receipt of cash assistance.
  • (a) The department of human services and the department of labor and training shall assess the applicant/parent or non-parent caretaker relative's workexperience, educational, and vocational abilities, and the department, together with the parent, shall develop and enter into a mandatory, individual employment plan in accordance with § 40-5.2-10(e).
  • (b) In the case of a family including two (2) parents, at least one of the parents shall be required to participate in an employment plan leading to full-time employment. The department may also require the second parent in a two-parent (2) household to develop an employment plan if, and when, the youngest child reaches six (6) years of age or older.
  • (c) The written, individual employment plan shall specify, at minimum, the immediate steps necessary to support a goal of long-term, economic independence.
  • (d) All applicants and participants in the Rhode Island works employment program must attend and participate in required appointments, employment plan development, and employment- related activities, unless temporarily exempt for reasons specified in this chapter.
  • (e) A recipient/participant temporarily exempted from the work requirements may participate in an individual employment plan on a voluntary basis, however, the individual remains subject to the same program compliance requirements as a participant without a temporary exemption.
  • (f) The individual employment plan shall specify the participant's work activity(ies) and the supportive services that will be provided by the department to enable the participant to engage in the work activity(ies).
  • (g) Work requirements for single-parent families. In single-parent households, the participant parent or non-parent caretaker relative in the cash assistance payment, shall participate as a condition of eligibility, for a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week if the youngest child in thehomeisundertheageofsix(6),andforaminimum ofthirty(30)hoursper weekiftheyoungest child in the home is six (6) years of age or older, in one or more of their required work activities, as appropriate, in order to help the parent obtain stable, full-time, paid employment, as determined by the department of human services and the department of labor and training; provided, however, that he or she shall begin with intensive employment services as the first step in the individual employment plan. Required work activities are as follows:
  • (1) At least twenty (20) hours per week must come from participation in one or more of the following ten (10) work activities:
  • (i) Unsubsidized employment;
  • (ii) Subsidized private-sector employment;
  • (iii) Subsidized public-sector employment;
  • (iv) Work experience;
  • (v) On-the-job training;
  • (vi) Job search and job readiness;
  • (vii) Community service programs;
  • (viii)Vocational educational trainingnot toexceedtwelve (12) months; provided however, that a participant who successfully completes his/her first year of education at the Community College of Rhode Island, may participate in vocational education for an additional twelve (12) months;
  • (ix) Providing childcare services to another participant parent who is participating in an approved community service program; and
  • (x) Adult education in an intensive work-readiness program.
  • (2) Above twenty (20) hours per week, the parent may participate in one or more of the following three (3) activities in order to satisfy a thirty-hour (30) requirement:
  • (i) Job skills training directly related to employment;
  • (ii) Education directly related to employment; and
  • (iii) Satisfactory attendance at a secondary school or in a course of study leading to a certificate of general equivalence if it is a teen parent under the age of twenty (20) who is without a high school diploma or General Equivalence Diploma (GED).
  • (3) In the case of a parent under the age of twenty (20), attendance at a secondary school or the equivalent during the month, or twenty (20) hours per week on average for the month in education directly related to employment, will be counted as engaged in work.
  • (4) A parent who participates in a work experience or community service program for the maximum number of hours per week allowable by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is deemed to have participated in his or her required minimum hours per week in core activities if actual participation falls short of his or her required minimum hours per week.
  • (5) A parent who has been determined to have a physical or mental impairment affecting employment, but who has not been found eligible for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income must participate in his or her rehabilitation employment plan as developed with the office of rehabilitation services that leads to employment and/or to receipt of disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
  • (6) A required work activity may be any other work activity permissible under federal TANF provisions or state-defined Rhode Island works program activity, including up to ten (10) hours of activities required by a parent's department of children, youth and families service plan.
  • (h) Exemptions from work requirements for the single-parent family. Work requirements outlined in subsection (g) shall not apply to a single parent if (and for so long as) the department finds that he or she is:
  • (1) Caring for a child below the age of one; provided, however, that a parent may opt for the deferral from an individual employment plan for a maximum of twelve (12) months during the twenty-four (24) months of eligibility for cash assistance and provided, further, that a minor parent without a high school diploma or the equivalent, and who is not married, shall not be exempt for more than twelve (12) weeks from the birth of the child;
  • (2) Caring for a disabled family member who resides in the home and requires full-time care;
  • (3) A recipient of Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income or other disability benefits that have the same standard of disability as defined by the Social Security Administration;
  • (4) An individual receiving assistance who is a victim of domestic violence as determined by the department in accordance with rules and regulations;
  • (5) An applicant for assistance in her third trimester or a pregnant woman in her third trimester who is a recipient of assistance and has medical documentation that she cannot work;
  • (6) An individual otherwise exempt by the department as defined in rules and regulations promulgated by the department.
  • (i) Work requirement for two-parent families.
  • (1) In families consisting of two (2) parents, one or both parents are required, and shall be engaged in, work activities as defined below, for an individual or combined total of at least thirty- five (35) hours per week during the month, not fewer than thirty (30) hours per week of that are attributable to one or more of the following listed work activities; provided, however, that he or she shall begin with intensive employment services as the first step in the individual employment plan. Two-parent work requirements shall be defined as the following:
  • (i) Unsubsidized employment;
  • (ii) Subsidized private-sector employment;
  • (iii) Subsidized public-sector employment;
  • (iv) Work experience;
  • (v) On-the-job training;
  • (vi) Job search and job readiness;
  • (vii) Community service program;
  • (viii) Vocational educational training not to exceed twelve (12) months; provided, however, that a participant who successfully completes his/her first year of education at the Community College of Rhode Island, may participate in vocational education for an additional twelve (12) months;
  • (ix) The provision of childcare services to a participant individual who is participating in a community service program; and
  • (x) Adult education in an intensive work-readiness program.
  • (2) Above thirty (30) hours per week, the following three (3) activities may also count for participation:
  • (i) Job skills training directly related to employment;
  • (ii) Education directly related to employment; and
  • (iii) Satisfactory attendance at secondary school or in a course of study leading to a certificate of general equivalence.
  • (3) A family with two (2) parents, in which one or both parents participate in a work experience or community service program, shall be deemed to have participated in core work activities for the maximum number of hours per week allowable by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if actual participation falls short of his or her required minimum hours per week.
  • (4) If the family receives childcare assistance and an adult in the family is not disabled or caringforaseverelydisabledchild,thenthework-eligibleindividualsmust beparticipatinginwork activities for an average of at least fifty-five (55) hours per week to count as a two-parent family engaged in work for the month.
  • (5) At least fifty (50) of the fifty-five (55) hours per week must come from participation in the activities listed in subsection (i)(1).
  • Above fifty (50) hours per week, the three (3) activities listed in subsection (i)(2) may also count as participation.
  • (6) A family with two (2) parents receiving child care in which one or both parents participate in a work experience or community service program for the maximum number of hours per week allowable by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be considered to have met their required core hours if actual participation falls short of the required minimum hours per week. For families that need additional hours beyond the core activity requirement, these hours must be satisfied in some other TANF work activity.
  • (j) Exemptions from work requirements for two-parent families. Work requirements outlinedinsubsection(i)shallnotapplytotwo-parentfamiliesif(andforsolongas)thedepartment finds that:
  • (1) Both parents receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • (2) One parent receives SSI, and the other parent is caring for a disabled family member who resides in the home and who requires full-time care; or
  • (3)The parentsare otherwise exempt bythe department as defined in rules and regulations.
  • (k) Failure to comply with work requirements – Sanctions and terminations.
  • (1) The cash assistance to which an otherwise eligible family/assistance unit is entitled under this chapter shall be reduced for three (3) months, whether or not consecutive, in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department, whenever any participant, without good cause as defined by the department in its rules and regulations, has failed to enter into an individual employment plan; has failed to attend a required appointment; has refused or quit employment; or has failed to comply with any other requirements for the receipt of cash assistance under this chapter. If the family's benefit has been reduced, benefits shall be restored to the full amount beginning with the initial payment made on the first of the month following the month in which the parent: (i) Enters into an individual employment plan or rehabilitation plan and demonstrates compliance with the terms thereof; or (ii) Demonstrates compliance with the terms of his or her existing individual employment plan or rehabilitation plan, as such plan may be amended by agreement of the parent and the department.
  • (2) In the case where appropriate child care has been made available in accordance with this chapter, a participant's failure, without good cause, to accept a bona fide offer of work, including full-time, part-time, and/or temporary employment, or unpaid work experience or community service, shall be deemed a failure to comply with the work requirements of this section and shall result in reduction or termination of cash assistance, as defined by the department in rules and regulations duly promulgated.
  • (3) If the family/assistance unit's benefit has been reduced for a total of three (3) months, whether or not consecutive in accordance withthis section due to the failure by one or more parents to enter into an individual employment plan, or failure to comply with the terms of his or her individual employment plan, or the failure to comply with the requirements of this chapter, cash assistance to the entire family shall end. The family/assistance unit may reapply for benefits, and the benefits shall be restored to the family/assistance unit in the full amount the family/assistance unit is otherwise eligible for under this chapter beginning on the first of the month following the month in which all parents in the family/assistance unit who are subject to the employment or rehabilitation plan requirements under this chapter: (i) Enter into an individual employment or rehabilitation plan as applicable, and demonstrate compliance with the terms thereof, or (ii) Demonstrate compliance with the terms of the parent's individual employment or rehabilitation employment plan in effect at the time of termination of benefits, as such plan may be amended by agreement of the parent and the department.
  • (4) Up to ten (10) days following a notice of adverse action to reduce or terminate benefits underthissubsection,theclient mayrequest theopportunitytomeet withasocialworker toidentify the reasons for non-compliance, establish good cause, and seek to resolve any issues that have prevented the parent from complying with the employment plan requirements.
  • (5) Participants whose cases had closed in sanction status pursuant to Rhode Island's prior Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (federal TANF described in Title IV-A of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.), the family independence program, more specifically, § 40-5.1-9(2)(c) [repealed], due to failure to comply with the cash assistance program requirements, but who had received less than forty-eight (48) months of cash assistance at the time of closure, and who reapply for cash assistance under the Rhode Island works program, must demonstrate full compliance, as defined by the department in its rules and regulations, before they shall be eligible for cash assistance pursuant to this chapter.
  • (l) Goodcause. Goodcauseforfailingto meet anyprogramrequirementsincludingleaving employment, and failure to fulfill documentation requirements, shall be outlined in rules and regulations promulgated by the department of human services.
  • 40-5.2-33. School-age children Children's clothing allowance.
  • (e) The payment standard is equal to the sum of the following: three hundred twenty-seven dollars ($327) (two hundred seventy-seven dollars ($277) four hundred twenty-five dollars ($425) (three hundred sixty dollars ($360) for a family residing in subsidized housing) for the first person, one hundred twenty-two dollars ($122) one hundred fifty-nine dollars ($159) forthesecond person, one hundred five dollars ($105) one hundred thirty-seven dollars ($137) for the third person and eighty dollars ($80) one hundred four dollars ($104) for each additional person.
  • 40-5.2-20. Childcare assistance – Families or assistance units eligible.
  • (a) The department shall provide appropriate child care to every participant who is eligible for cash assistance and who requires child care in order to meet the work requirements in accordance with this chapter.
  • (b) Low-income child care. The department shall provide child care to all other working families with incomes at or below one hundred eighty percent (180%) of the federal poverty level if, and to the extent, these other families require child care in order to work at paid employment as defined in the department's rules and regulations. Beginning October 1, 2013, the department shall also provide child care to families with incomes below one hundred eighty percent (180%) of the federal poverty level if, and to the extent, these families require child care to participate on a short- term basis, as defined in the department's rules and regulations, in training, apprenticeship, internship, on-the-job training, work experience, work immersion, or other job-readiness/job- attachment program sponsored or funded by the human resource investment council (governor's workforce board) or state agencies that are part of the coordinated program system pursuant to § 42-102-11. Effective from January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, the department shall also provide child care assistance to families with incomes below one hundred eighty percent (180%) of the federal poverty level when such assistance is necessary for a member of these families to enroll or maintain enrollment in a Rhode Island public institution of higher education; provided that, eligibility to receive funding is capped when expenditures reach two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) for this provision.
  • (c) No family/assistance unit shall be eligible for childcare assistance under this chapter if the combined value of its liquid resources exceeds one million dollars ($1,000,000), which corresponds to the amount permitted by the federal government under the state plan and set forth in the administrative rulemaking process by the department. Liquid resources are defined as any interest(s) in property in the form of cash or other financial instruments or accounts that are readily convertible to cash or cash equivalents. These include, but are not limited to: cash, bank, credit union, or other financial institution savings, checking, and money market accounts; certificates of deposit or other time deposits; stocks; bonds; mutual funds; and other similar financial instruments or accounts. These do not include educational savings accounts, plans, or programs; retirement accounts, plans, or programs; or accounts held jointly with another adult, not including a spouse. The department is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to determine the ownership and source of the funds in the joint account.
  • (d) As a condition of eligibility for childcare assistance under this chapter, the parent or caretaker relative of the family must consent to, and must cooperate with, the department in establishing paternity, and in establishing and/or enforcing child support and medical support orders for any children in the family receiving appropriate child care under this section in accordance with the applicable sections of title 15 of the state's general laws, as amended, unless the parent or caretaker relative is found to have good cause for refusing to comply with the requirements of this subsection.
  • (e) For purposes of this section, "appropriate childcare" means child care, includinginfant, toddler, pre-school, nursery school, and school-age, that is provided by a person or organization qualified, approved, and authorized to provide the care by the state agency or agencies designated to make the determinations in accordance with the provisions set forth herein.
  • (f)(1) Families with incomes below one hundred percent (100%) of the applicable federal poverty level guidelines shall be provided with free child care. Families with incomes greater than one hundred percent (100%) and less than one hundred eighty percent (180%) of the applicable federal poverty guideline shall be required to pay for some portion of the child care they receive, according to a sliding-fee scale adopted by the department in the department's rules.
  • (2) Families who are receiving childcare assistance and who become ineligible for childcare assistance as a result of their incomes exceeding one hundred eighty percent (180%) of the applicable federal poverty guidelines shall continue to be eligible for childcare assistance until their incomes exceed two hundred twenty-five percent (225%) of the applicable federal poverty guidelines. To be eligible, the families must continue to pay for some portion of the child care they receive, as indicated in a sliding-fee scale adopted in the department's rules and in accordance with all other eligibility standards.
  • (g) In determining the type of child care to be provided to a family, the department shall take into account the cost of available childcare options; the suitability of the type of care available for the child; and the parent's preference as to the type of child care.
  • (h) For purposes of this section, "income" for families receiving cash assistance under § 40-5.2-11 means gross, earned income and unearned income, subject to the income exclusions in §§ 40-5.2-10(g)(2) and 40-5.2-10(g)(3), and income for other families shall mean gross, earned and unearned income as determined by departmental regulations.
  • (i) The caseload estimating conference established by chapter 17 of title 35 shall forecast the expenditures for child care in accordance with the provisions of § 35-17-1.
  • (j) In determining eligibility for childcare assistance for children of members of reserve components called to active duty during a time of conflict, the department shall freeze the family composition and the family income of the reserve component member as it was in the month prior to the month of leaving for active duty. This shall continue until the individual is officially discharged from active duty.
  • 40-5.2-33. School-age children Children's clothing allowance. Child clothing allowance.
  • Subject to general assembly appropriation, one One month each year, each dependent school-age child as defined by the department of human services who lives in a family receiving cash assistance under this chapter in that month shall be given a supplementary payment of no less than one hundred dollars ($100) for the purchase of clothing in accordance with Title IV-A of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 601 et seq.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • ========
  • LC001612
  • LC001612/SUB A
  • ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES – THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM
  • ***
  • This act would provide that in determining eligibility for cash assistance the family income calculation shall not includethe earned income of anyadult family member who gains employment in compliance withtheir employment planwhilean active Rhode IslandWorks household member, would provide for a one hundred dollar ($100) clothing allowance for qualifying children, and would amend the work requirements for cash assistance.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001612 ========
  • This act would provide that in determining eligibility for cash assistance the family income calculation shall not includethe earned income of anyadult family member who gains employment in compliance withtheir employment planwhilean active Rhode IslandWorks household member, would provide for a one hundred dollar ($100) clothing allowance for qualifying children, and would amend the work requirements for child care assistance.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001612/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

April 09, 2019 at 4:34pm
Yeas: 65 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 10 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Alzate NV
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro NV
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Caldwell Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Cassar Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Cortvriend Y
Rep. Corvese NV
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hawkins Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jackson Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Kislak Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lima NV
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Lyle Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marszalkowski NV
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendez Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Millea Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardone Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Noret Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Place Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Roberts NV
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serodio Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley NV
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Speakman Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon NV
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y

Floor vote for Passage

June 24, 2021 at 3:56pm
Yeas: 38 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Acosta Y
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Anderson Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell Y
Sen. Burke Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiMario Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Kallman Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Mack Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Mendes Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y