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CA SB 242

Title: California Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Empowerment (HOPE) for Children Trust Account Program.
Author: Nancy Skinner

Summary
SB 242, as amended, Skinner. California Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Empowerment (HOPE) for Children Trust Account Program. Existing law establishes the California Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Empowerment (HOPE) for Children Trust Account Program to provide a trust fund account to an eligible child, defined to include minor California residents who are specified dependents or wards under the jurisdiction of juvenile court in foster care with reunification services terminated by court order, or who have a parent, Indian custodian, or legal guardian who died due to COVID-19 during the federally declared COVID-19 public health emergency and meet the specified family household income limit. Under the program, all assets of the fund and moneys allocated to individual HOPE trust accounts shall be considered to be owned by the state until an eligible youth withdraws or transfers money from their HOPE trust account. This bill would, among other things, require the Treasurer to verify the cause of death of the parent, Indian custodian, or legal guardian and to verify the minor’s family household income prior to the death of the parent, Indian custodian, or legal guardian once the Treasurer receives government-issued documents or a statement signed by a person who is eligible to do so under penalty of perjury that establishes the identity of the child and that the person whose death certificate was provided was the child’s parent, Indian custodian, or legal guardian. By expanding the crime of perjury, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also state the intent of the Legislature that all eligible children will be automatically enrolled for a HOPE trust account to the extent possible, and would require the Treasurer to, in order to achieve this goal, collaborate with the State Department of Social Services and any other relevant governmental agencies to gather deidentified data to maximize participation in the HOPE trust account program for eligible youth, as specified.Existing law establishes various means-tested public social services programs administered by counties to provide eligible recipients with certain benefits, including, but not limited to, cash assistance under the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, nutrition assistance under the CalFresh program, and health care services under the Medi-Cal program.This bill would, to the extent permitted by federal law, prohibit funds deposited and investment returns accrued in a HOPE trust account from being considered as income or assets when determining eligibility and benefit amount for any means-tested program until an eligible youth withdraws or transfers the funds from the HOPE trust account, as specified. The bill would also require a one-time lump sum payment made from a HOPE trust account to be automatically exempt from a garnishment order, as specified. The bill would make these provisions operative on July 1, 2025, or on the date that the State Department of Social Services notifies the Legislature that the Statewide Automated Welfare System or the California Automated Response and Engagement System (CARES) can perform the necessary automation to implement these provisions, whichever date is later. To the extent this bill would expand county duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would also authorize a program enrollee who is also an eligible youth to withdraw or transfer funds from their HOPE trust account on and after their 18th birthday, and would require the Treasurer to assist an eligible youth in transferring funds from their HOPE trust account to other specified accounts. The bill would require the Treasurer to design and disseminate information for parents, Indian custodians, and legal guardians of children and youth who are potentially eligible for the HOPE Trust Account Program to facilitate their enrollment in the program and the transfer of funds, a

Status
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 11). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA SB 242 - 05/30/24 - Amended Assembly
05/30/24 - CA SB 242 (05/30/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA SB 242 - 05/18/23 - Amended Senate
05/18/23 - CA SB 242 (05/18/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 242 - 01/25/23 - Introduced
01/25/23 - CA SB 242 (01/25/23 - Introduced)

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Author Details


  • Nancy Skinner - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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