CSSB 116(HES): "An Act relating to the Alaska temporary assistance program; and providing for an effective date."

00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 116(HES) 01 "An Act relating to the Alaska temporary assistance program; and providing for an 02 effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 47.27.015 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 05 (h) When determining under (a)(1) of this section whether an adult has 06 received benefits for a total of 60 months, the department shall disregard the months 07 that are required to be disregarded under 42 U.S.C. 608(a)(7)(D). 08 * Sec. 2. AS 47.27.025(c) is amended to read: 09 (c) The department shall, for the months of July, August, and September, 10 reduce by 50 percent the maximum assistance for which the family is otherwise 11 eligible if the family's eligibility for assistance is based on AS 47.27.010(4), unless 12 the second needy parent is determined, under regulations of the department, to 13 be physically or mentally unable to perform gainful activity [THE 14 UNEMPLOYMENT OF THE FAMILY'S PRINCIPAL WAGE EARNER].

01 However, if the commissioner determines that temporary economic conditions have 02 resulted in decreased employment opportunities during those months and a reduction 03 in assistance would impose an undue hardship on a family, the department may waive 04 application of this subsection with respect to that family. 05 * Sec. 3. AS 47.27.030(c)(2) is repealed. 06 * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 07 read: 08 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. Notwithstanding sec. 6 of this Act, the 09 Department of Health and Social Services may immediately proceed to adopt regulations 10 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under 11 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the statutory 12 change implemented by the regulations. 13 * Sec. 5. Sections 2 and 4 of this Act take effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 14 * Sec. 6. Sections 1 and 3 of this Act take effect July 1, 2001.