HB 196: "An Act relating to the supplemental nutrition assistance program; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 196 01 "An Act relating to the supplemental nutrition assistance program; and providing for 02 an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 47.25.980(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) The department shall 06 (1) adopt regulations necessary to carry out the food stamp program; 07 (2) cooperate with the federal government and do all things necessary 08 to continue state eligibility under the food stamp program; 09 (3) comply with the requirements of 7 U.S.C. 2011 - 2036d 10 (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), implement categorical eligibility 11 under 7 U.S.C. 2014(a), and make eligible an individual whose household income 12 is not more than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline regardless of the 13 value of assets owned by the household [7 U.S.C. 2011 - 2036 (FOOD STAMP 14 PROGRAM)];

01 (4) establish an electronic application for the food stamp program and 02 allow an applicant to submit an application in electronic format or in other formats 03 required by state and federal law; the electronic application must inform an applicant 04 that a false statement made on the application will be investigated and is punishable 05 under AS 11.56.210; in this paragraph, "electronic application" means an application 06 for benefits or renewal of benefits, whether the department exclusively administers the 07 benefits or administers the benefits in coordination with another state agency or 08 federal agency, electronically completed and submitted through the department's 09 Internet website. 10 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 11 read: 12 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Health may adopt regulations 13 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under 14 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law 15 implemented by the regulation. 16 * Sec. 3. Section 2 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 17 * Sec. 4. Except as provided in sec. 3 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1, 2025.