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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO DEVELOP A "SAFETY
   NET" PROGRAM TO ASSIST PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS WHO WILL
   BE EXHAUSTING THEIR LIFETIME LIMIT FOR FEDERAL WELFARE
   ASSISTANCE.



 1       WHEREAS, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities
 2   Reconciliation Act of 1996 permits beneficiaries to receive
 3   federal welfare benefits for a lifetime maximum of five years;
 4   and 
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, the Department of Human Services (DHS) estimates
 7   that commencing in December 2001, approximately 6,000 Hawaii
 8   residents who are currently receiving welfare benefits from the
 9   federal government may have those benefits permanently
10   terminated; and
11   
12       WHEREAS, it is foreseeable that many of these individuals
13   may suffer destitution and deprivation as a result of such
14   termination; and
15   
16       WHEREAS, a "safety net" program may be necessary to provide
17   for those who will still require public assistance; now,
18   therefore,  
19   
20       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
21   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
22   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that DHS is requested to
23   develop a "safety net" program to address the needs of public
24   assistance recipients who will be exhausting their five-year
25   lifetime eligibility for federal welfare benefits, but who will
26   still require public assistance; and
27   
28       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHS is requested to develop a
29   report containing the details of the "safety net" program,
30   including but not limited to:
31   
32       (1)  An estimate of all associated costs; and
33   
34       (2)  Any proposed legislation;
35   
36   and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DHS submit the report to the
 2   Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of
 3   the Regular Session of 2001; and
 4   
 5       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
 6   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human
 7   Services.
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11                       INTRODUCED BY:  ___________________________