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S.F. No. 3333 - Reforming Welfare Provisions
Author: Senator Julie A. Rosen
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: April 9, 2018


Section 1 (256.987, subd. 1) requires the name and photograph of the head of household, in addition to a list of family members authorized to use the card, to be printed on the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. The cardholder must show identification before making a purchase.

Section 2 (256.987, subd. 2) requires that the return of any purchases made on an EBT card must be credited back to the EBT card, and prohibits giving the EBT cardholder cash for returned items purchased with an EBT.

Sections 3 and 4 (256B.056, subds. 3 and 3c) reinstate the medical assistance asset limits for families with children and single adults.

Section 5 (256B.056, subd. 7a) removes the ability for an enrollee to self-attest for purposes of medical assistance eligibility.

Sections 6 and 10 (256D.024, subd. 3, 256J.26, subd. 3) amend the general assistance and MFIP statutes, respectively, making any offender, not just a felon, ineligible to receive benefits if the person is fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody, or confinement after a conviction for a crime.

Sections 7 and 11 (256D.0245, 256J.265) amend the General Assistance and MFIP programs, respectively, requiring the local probation agency to provide to the local social services agency, specifically the welfare fraud division, on a weekly basis a list of probationers who tested positive for an illegal controlled substance.

Section 8 (256D.0515) reinstates the asset limit of $7,000 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Section 9 (256D.0516, subd. 2) requires recipients of food support benefits to report changes in income, assets, or employment that affects eligibility within ten days of the date that the change occurs. The person must also report every six months, which is existing law.

Section 12 requires the Commissioner of Human Services to seek all necessary federal waivers to implement the reinstatement of asset limits and the removal of the self-attestation when establishing eligibility for medical assistance.

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