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HB 1261 - Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program - Key Vote

Pennsylvania Key Votes

John Lawrence voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (102-91) - (Key vote)

Title: Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that repeals the General Assistance cash program.

Highlights:
  • Repeals the General Assistance cash program, effective August 1, 2012 (Sec. 3).
  • Continues the General Assistance-Related Categorically Needy Medical Assistance program (Sec. 3).
  • Limits eligibility for the medical assistance program to individuals who have lived in Pennsylvania continuously for 90 days preceding their eligibility and who are eligible for federally-funded assistance (Sec. 6).
  • Specifies that an individual is “medically needy” if he or she meets the certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 6):
    • The individual is under the age of 21;
    • The individual is at least 59 years of age or older;
    • The individual is pregnant;
    • The individual is disabled and is receiving social security benefits or is waiting for the determination of eligibility for the benefits; or
    • The individual is working at least 100 hours per month earning at least minimum wage.
  • Requires an individual to apply for 3 jobs a week in order to be eligible to apply for the medical assistance program, unless the applicant can demonstrate a “good cause” for not complying (Sec. 4).
  • Requires an applicant for the medical assistance program to continue seeking employment until he or she has secured paid employment of at least 20 hours per week (Sec. 4).
  • Specifies that if a cash assistance recipient does not meet certain requirements then his or her entire assistance group will be disqualified from the program as follows (Sec. 6):
    • Following the first violation, the recipient has 90 days to comply before the assistance group is disqualified;
    • Following the second violation, the recipient has 60 days to comply before the assistance group is disqualified; and
    • Following the third violation, the assistance group will be permanently disqualified.
  • Establishes a block grant pilot program that allocates funds to county based-human services departments to meet service needs of certain county residents, including but not limited to, the following (Sec. 12):
    • Individuals with intellectual disabilities;
    • Individuals in need of drug and alcohol treatment services;
    • Individuals who are homeless or in immediate risk of becoming homeless; and
    • Other individuals who are eligible based on income or age criteria.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (31-18) - (Key vote)

Title: Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that repeals the General Assistance cash program.

Highlights:
  • Repeals the General Assistance cash program, effective August 1, 2012 (Sec. 3).
  • Continues the General Assistance-Related Categorically Needy Medical Assistance program (Sec. 3).
  • Limits eligibility for the medical assistance program to individuals who have lived in Pennsylvania continuously for 90 days preceding their eligibility and who are eligible for federally-funded assistance (Sec. 6).
  • Specifies that an individual is “medically needy” if he or she meets the certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 6):
    • The individual is under the age of 21;
    • The individual is at least 59 years of age or older;
    • The individual is pregnant;
    • The individual is disabled and is receiving social security benefits or is waiting for the determination of eligibility for the benefits; or
    • The individual is working at least 100 hours per month earning at least minimum wage.
  • Requires an individual to apply for 3 jobs a week in order to be eligible to apply for the medical assistance program, unless the applicant can demonstrate a “good cause” for not complying (Sec. 4).
  • Requires an applicant for the medical assistance program to continue seeking employment until he or she has secured paid employment of at least 20 hours per week (Sec. 4).
  • Specifies that if a cash assistance recipient does not meet certain requirements then his or her entire assistance group will be disqualified from the program as follows (Sec. 6):
    • Following the first violation, the recipient has 90 days to comply before the assistance group is disqualified;
    • Following the second violation, the recipient has 60 days to comply before the assistance group is disqualified; and
    • Following the third violation, the assistance group will be permanently disqualified.
  • Establishes a block grant pilot program that allocates funds to county based-human services departments to meet service needs of certain county residents, including but not limited to, the following (Sec. 12):
    • Individuals with intellectual disabilities;
    • Individuals in need of drug and alcohol treatment services;
    • Individuals who are homeless or in immediate risk of becoming homeless; and
    • Other individuals who are eligible based on income or age criteria.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (166-34) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Repeals the General Assistance Cash Program

Sponsors

  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Quigley (PA - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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