A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT REQUIRING A COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) TO VERIFY WHETHER AN APPLICANT FOR OR RECIPIENT OF TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) BENEFITS OR FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES (FNS) BENEFITS IS A FLEEING FELON OR A PROBATION OR PAROLE VIOLATOR, TO DIRECT INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND INFORMATION SHARING IN ORDER TO VERIFY THE ELIGIBILITY STATUS OF AN APPLICANT OR RECIPIENT, TO DENY TANF OR FNS BENEFITS TO AN APPLICANT OR RECIPIENT WHO IS A FLEEING FELON OR A PROBATION OR PAROLE VIOLATOR, AND TO REQUIRE DRUG SCREENING AND TESTING FOR CERTAIN APPLICANTS AND RECIPIENTS OF WORK FIRST PROGRAM ASSISTANCE.
House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Changes the long title.
Enacts GS 108A-26.1(b), providing that a county department of social services will verify whether an applicant for public assistance is (1) fleeing to avoid prosecution, confinement, or conviction, etc., or (2) is violating a condition of probation or parole by ensuring the criminal history of the applicant is checked at time of renewal. County social services will conduct the check to the extent permitted by allocated county and state resources. Counties are not required to allocate funds for this program, but can do so on a voluntary basis.
Enacts GS 108A-26.1(f),(g), and (h) providing that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) will promote cooperation between the State and local agencies to perform the functions of this section. The Department must also cooperate and collaborate with other specified State agencies to develop protocols that ensure the implementation of this section. Requires each county department of social services to report to the Department annually, on April 1, the number of individuals denied for benefits under this section for the preceding year. Requires the Department to report annually, on May 1, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on the number of individuals denied assistance, by breakdown of each county.
Amends GS 108A-26.2, changing the title to "Fleeing felon, or parole or probation violator; eligibility for program assistance; federal approval; review by department".
Amends GS 108A-26.2(b), replacing a reference to the "department of social services" with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Changes the effective date to July 1, 2013, (was, effective when it became law).
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