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Senate Bill 1910

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    Florida Senate - 2005                           CS for SB 1910

    By the Committee on Children and Families; and Senator King





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  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to workforce innovation;

  3         amending s. 445.048, F.S.; requiring that

  4         Workforce Florida, Inc., expand the Passport to

  5         Economic Progress demonstration program to a

  6         statewide program; authorizing Workforce

  7         Florida, Inc., to designate regional workforce

  8         boards to participate in the program; deleting

  9         the provision relating to the disregarding of

10         income for purposes of determing eligibility

11         for cash assistance; requiring that Workforce

12         Florida, Inc., offer incentive bonuses;

13         providing requirements for the incentive

14         bonuses; providing that the bonuses are not an

15         entitlement; deleting obsolete provisions;

16         requiring Workforce Florida, Inc., to submit

17         evaluations and recommendations for the program

18         as part of its annual report to the

19         Legislature; deleting obsolete provisions;

20         providing an effective date.

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22  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

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24         Section 1.  Section 445.048, Florida Statutes, as

25  amended by section 53 of chapter 2004-269, Laws of Florida, is

26  amended to read:

27         445.048  Passport to Economic Progress demonstration

28  program.--

29         (1)  AUTHORIZATION.--Notwithstanding any law to the

30  contrary, Workforce Florida, Inc., in conjunction with the

31  Department of Children and Family Services and the Agency for

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 1  Workforce Innovation, shall implement a Passport to Economic

 2  Progress demonstration program by November 1, 2001, consistent

 3  with the provisions of this section in Hillsborough and

 4  Manatee counties. Workforce Florida, Inc., may designate

 5  regional workforce boards to participate in the program.

 6  Expenses for the program may come from appropriated revenues

 7  or from funds otherwise available to a regional workforce

 8  board which may be legally used for such purposes. Workforce

 9  Florida, Inc., must consult with the applicable regional

10  workforce boards and the applicable local offices of the

11  Department of Children and Family Services which serve the

12  program demonstration areas and must encourage community input

13  into the implementation process.

14         (2)  WAIVERS.--If Workforce Florida, Inc., in

15  consultation with the Department of Children and Family

16  Services, finds that federal waivers would facilitate

17  implementation of the demonstration program, the department

18  shall immediately request such waivers, and Workforce Florida,

19  Inc., shall report to the Governor, the President of the

20  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives if any

21  refusal of the federal government to grant such waivers

22  prevents the implementation of the demonstration program. If

23  Workforce Florida, Inc., finds that federal waivers to

24  provisions of the Food Stamp Program would facilitate

25  implementation of the demonstration program, the Department of

26  Children and Family Services shall immediately request such

27  waivers in accordance with s. 414.175.

28         (3)  INCOME DISREGARD.--In order to provide an

29  additional incentive for employment, and notwithstanding the

30  amount specified in s. 414.095(12), for individuals residing

31  in the areas designated for this demonstration program, the

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 1  first $300 plus one-half of the remainder of earned income

 2  shall be disregarded in determining eligibility for temporary

 3  cash assistance. All other conditions and requirements of s.

 4  414.095(12) shall continue to apply to such individuals.

 5         (3)(4)  TRANSITIONAL BENEFITS AND SERVICES.--In order

 6  to assist them in making the transition to economic

 7  self-sufficiency, former recipients of temporary cash

 8  assistance participating in the passport residing within the

 9  areas designated for this demonstration program shall be

10  eligible for the following benefits and services:

11         (a)  Notwithstanding the time period specified in s.

12  445.030, transitional education and training support services

13  as specified in s. 445.030 for up to 4 years after the family

14  is no longer receiving temporary cash assistance;

15         (b)  Notwithstanding the time period specified in s.

16  445.031, transitional transportation support services as

17  specified in s. 445.031 for up to 4 years after the family is

18  no longer receiving temporary cash assistance; and

19         (c)  Notwithstanding the time period specified in s.

20  445.032, transitional child care as specified in s. 445.032

21  for up to 4 years after the family is no longer receiving

22  temporary cash assistance.

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24  All other provisions of ss. 445.030, 445.031, and 445.032

25  shall apply to such individuals, as appropriate. This

26  subsection does not constitute an entitlement to transitional

27  benefits and services. If funds are insufficient to provide

28  benefits and services under this subsection, the board of

29  directors of Workforce Florida, Inc., or its agent, may limit

30  such benefits and services or otherwise establish priorities

31  for the provisions of such benefits and services.

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 1         (4)(5)  INCENTIVES TO ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY WAGE

 2  SUPPLEMENTATION.--

 3         (a)  The Legislature finds that:

 4         1.  There are former recipients of temporary cash

 5  assistance and families who are eligible for temporary

 6  assistance for needy families who are working full time but

 7  whose incomes are below 200 percent of the federal poverty

 8  level.

 9         2.  Having incomes below 200 percent of the federal

10  poverty level makes such individuals particularly vulnerable

11  to reliance on public assistance despite their best efforts to

12  achieve or maintain economic independence through employment.

13         3.  It is necessary to implement a performance-based

14  program that defines economic incentives for achieving

15  specific benchmarks toward self-sufficiency while the

16  individual is working full-time supplement the wages of such

17  individuals for a limited period of time in order to assist

18  them in fulfilling the transition to economic

19  self-sufficiency.

20         (b)  Workforce Florida, Inc., in cooperation with the

21  Department of Children and Family Services and the Agency for

22  Workforce Innovation, shall offer performance-based incentive

23  bonuses create a transitional wage supplementation program by

24  November 1, 2001, as a component of the Passport to Economic

25  Progress demonstration program in the areas designated for the

26  demonstration program. This wage supplementation program does

27  not constitute an entitlement to wage supplementation. The

28  bonuses do not represent a program entitlement and shall be

29  contingent on achieving specific benchmarks prescribed in the

30  self-sufficiency plan. If the funds appropriated for this

31  purpose are insufficient to provide this financial incentive

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 1  wage supplementation, the board of directors of Workforce

 2  Florida, Inc., may reduce or suspend the bonuses in order not

 3  to exceed the appropriation or may direct the regional boards

 4  to use resources otherwise given to the regional workforce to

 5  pay such bonuses if such payments comply with applicable state

 6  and federal laws limit wage supplementation or otherwise

 7  establish priorities for wage supplementation.

 8         (c)  To be eligible for an incentive bonus wage

 9  supplementation under this subsection, an individual must:

10         1.  Be a former recipient of temporary cash assistance

11  who last received such assistance on or after January 1, 2000,

12  or be part of a family that is eligible for temporary

13  assistance for needy families;

14         2.  Be employed full time, which for the purposes of

15  this subsection means employment averaging at least 32 hours

16  per week, until the United States Congress enacts legislation

17  reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

18  block grant and, after the reauthorization, means employment

19  complying with the employment requirements of the

20  reauthorization; and

21         3.  Have an average family income for the 6 months

22  preceding the date of application for an incentive bonus wage

23  supplementation which is less than 200 100 percent of the

24  federal poverty level.

25         (d)  Workforce Florida, Inc., shall determine the

26  schedule for the payment of wage supplementation under this

27  subsection. An individual eligible for wage supplementation

28  under this subsection may receive a payment that equals the

29  amount necessary to bring the individual's total family income

30  for the period covered by the payment to 100 percent of the

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 1  federal poverty level. An individual may not receive wage

 2  supplementation payments for more than a total of 12 months.

 3         (e)  The wage supplementation program authorized by

 4  this subsection shall be administered through the regional

 5  workforce boards and the one-stop delivery system, under

 6  policy guidelines, criteria, and applications developed by

 7  Workforce Florida, Inc., in cooperation with the Department of

 8  Children and Family Services and the Agency for Workforce

 9  Innovation. To the maximum extent possible, the regional

10  workforce boards shall use electronic debit card technologies

11  to provide wage supplementation payments under this program.

12         (5)(6)  EVALUATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.--Workforce

13  Florida, Inc., in conjunction with the Department of Children

14  and Family Services, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, and

15  the regional workforce boards in the areas designated for this

16  demonstration program, shall conduct a comprehensive

17  evaluation of the effectiveness of the demonstration program

18  operated under this section. Evaluations and recommendations

19  for the program shall be submitted by Workforce Florida, Inc.,

20  as part of its annual report to the Legislature. By January 1,

21  2003, Workforce Florida, Inc., shall submit a report on such

22  evaluation to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and

23  the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report must

24  include recommendations as to whether the demonstration

25  program should be expanded to other service areas or statewide

26  and whether the program should be revised to enhance its

27  administration or effectiveness.

28         (6)(7)  CONFLICTS.--If there is a conflict between the

29  implementation procedures described in this section and

30  federal requirements and regulations, federal requirements and

31  regulations shall control.

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 1         Section 2.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a

 2  law.

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 4          STATEMENT OF SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES CONTAINED IN
                       COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
 5                         Senate Bill 1910

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 7  Removes obsolete language to clarify that the Passport to
    Economic Progress program is no longer a pilot program.
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    Conforms the legislative findings regarding this program to
 9  the program qualifications in the committee substitute.

10  Expands eligibility for the Passport to Economic Progress
    program to include families who are eligible for Temporary
11  Assistance to Needy Families.

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