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A10673 Summary:

BILL NOA10673
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08247-A
 
SPONSORRules (Hevesi)
 
COSPNSRBarron
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 95 & 95-a, Soc Serv L
 
Authorizes the use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits to purchase online groceries in accordance with federal laws and regulations and relates to the state supplemental nutrition assistance program outreach program.
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A10673 Actions:

BILL NOA10673
 
06/24/2020referred to social services
07/15/2020reported referred to ways and means
07/17/2020reported referred to rules
07/21/2020reported
07/21/2020rules report cal.276
07/21/2020ordered to third reading rules cal.276
07/23/2020substituted by s8247a
 S08247 AMEND=A KAMINSKY
 04/27/2020REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
 06/04/2020AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO SOCIAL SERVICES
 06/04/2020PRINT NUMBER 8247A
 07/21/2020REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
 07/22/2020ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.989
 07/22/2020PASSED SENATE
 07/22/2020DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
 07/22/2020referred to ways and means
 07/23/2020substituted for a10673
 07/23/2020ordered to third reading rules cal.276
 07/23/2020passed assembly
 07/23/2020returned to senate
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A10673 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10673
 
SPONSOR: Rules (Hevesi)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to using supple- mental nutrition assistance program benefits to purchase online groceries and to the state supplemental nutrition assistance program outreach program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To codify the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program online purchas- ing pilot program to ensure SNAP participants have safe and alternative methods to access groceries.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the social service law to require the office to seek necessary federal approval needed to enter into an agreement with all retailers prepared to offer SNAP online purchasing programs. The office will also have to create a plan to maximize online purchasing options. Section 2 explicitly allows SNAP beneficiaries to use SNAP benefits to purchase groceries from eligible online grocery retailers and to have groceries delivered pursuant to federal laws and regulations. Section 3 amends the outreach program to include information about the delivery option. Makes amendments to address the statutory change of name for the SNAP benefits program. Section 4 is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance   JUSTIFICATION: Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals, senior citizens, the disa- bled and others feed their families. Millions of people in New York look to the SNAP program to address the State's growing food insecurity crisis. However, many vulnerable populations who depend on SNAP benefits are struggling to access food in a safe manner. SNAP beneficiaries are now looking to grocery delivery services as a safe and alternative option during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the USDA launched a two-year SNAP pilot program in New York State, which permits SNAP recipients to pay for and order their groceries online with participating retailers. It is critical to codify the participation in the pilot program and make the program permanent after the pilot finishes. The legislation also ensures the state enters into an agreement with any eligible grocery retailer, so the program can serve as many participants as possible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to encourage individuals to stay at home.to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet, even with the stay at home orders, there is still a lack of awareness about being able to order groceries online with SNAP benefits. Therefore, the bill requires the State's SNAP outreach program to now include information about the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot program and any subsequent programs.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A10673 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          10673
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 24, 2020
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Hevesi) --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Social Services
 
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation  to  using  supple-
          mental  nutrition  assistance  program  benefits  to  purchase  online
          groceries and to the state supplemental nutrition  assistance  program
          outreach program

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 95 of the  social
     2  services  law  is  relettered  paragraph  (c) and a new paragraph (b) is
     3  added to read as follows:
     4    (b) The office shall promptly seek necessary federal  approval  needed
     5  to  enter into an agreement with all grocery retailers prepared to offer
     6  SNAP online purchasing or subsequently available programs  in  order  to
     7  maximize availability of online fresh food purchasing options throughout
     8  the  state.  Within  one hundred eighty days after the effective date of
     9  this paragraph, the office shall develop a plan to maximize SNAP  online
    10  purchasing  options  in  the state. The office shall periodically review
    11  and revise the plan. The plan, and any updates of such  plan,  shall  be
    12  submitted  to  the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the tempo-
    13  rary president of the senate. The office  shall  continue  to  seek  all
    14  necessary waivers from the United States department of agriculture, food
    15  and  nutrition  service, to the extent necessary for the office to carry
    16  out the plan, pursuant to federal law and regulations.
    17    § 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph a of subdivision 7 of section 95 of
    18  the social services law, as separately amended by chapter 41 and section
    19  3 of part A of chapter 57 of the laws of 2012, is  amended  to  read  as
    20  follows:
    21    (i) May be redeemed for SNAP benefits at designated redemption centers
    22  by  the  recipient  or by an authorized representative. When an eligible
    23  recipient under this section is issued SNAP benefits, such SNAP benefits
    24  may be used to purchase food items from a food distributor by the recip-
    25  ient or by an authorized representative.   Recipients shall be  able  to
    26  use  SNAP  benefits  to  purchase groceries from eligible online grocery
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD16185-03-0

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     1  retailers and to have groceries delivered pursuant to federal  laws  and
     2  regulations. Any other transfer or sale of authorizations to participate
     3  or  SNAP  benefits shall constitute an unauthorized use of said authori-
     4  zations or benefits;
     5    §  3. Section 95-a of the social services law, as added by chapter 546
     6  of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
     7    § 95-a.  State [food stamp] supplemental nutrition assistance  program
     8  outreach  program.   1.   In accordance with federal requirements and to
     9  the extent that federal matching funds  are  available,  the  department
    10  shall develop and implement an outreach plan to inform low-income house-
    11  holds  potentially eligible to receive [food stamps] supplemental nutri-
    12  tion assistance program benefits of the availability and benefits of the
    13  program, including information on the  federal  SNAP  Online  Purchasing
    14  Pilot program or subsequent programs, and to encourage the participation
    15  of eligible households that wish to participate.
    16    2.    In developing and implementing such a plan the department and/or
    17  its local  districts  are  authorized  and  empowered,  subject  to  the
    18  approval  of the director of the budget and provided that federal aid is
    19  available therefor, to enter into  contractual  agreements  with  public
    20  and/or  private  organizations to develop and implement local, regional,
    21  and statewide outreach programs.
    22    3.  Each commissioner of social services shall develop and  submit  to
    23  the  department  on  an  annual basis for its approval, a local outreach
    24  plan governing the use of local social services personnel  and  services
    25  provided  by  federally  funded  and other agencies and organizations to
    26  inform potentially eligible households of the availability and  benefits
    27  of  the  program  and  to  encourage and facilitate the participation of
    28  eligible households.   The department  shall  provide  commissioners  of
    29  social  services  with  technical  assistance as needed to carry out the
    30  provisions of this subdivision.
    31    4.  As part of each local outreach  plan,  social  services  officials
    32  shall take all steps necessary to maintain a supply of information leaf-
    33  lets  in  public buildings, including but not limited to local unemploy-
    34  ment insurance and employment services  offices  of  the  department  of
    35  labor,  institutions  and facilities under the supervision or control of
    36  the department of health, food stores, union  halls,  community  centers
    37  and local agencies providing services to the elderly to help insure that
    38  eligible persons are informed of the [food stamp] supplemental nutrition
    39  assistance program.
    40    5. The department shall periodically distribute to all newspapers, and
    41  to  television  and  radio stations throughout the state, public service
    42  announcements describing the [food stamp] supplemental nutrition assist-
    43  ance program, including the toll-free telephone numbers for [food stamp]
    44  supplemental nutrition assistance program information, and shall prompt-
    45  ly inform such media of significant changes  in  the  program  affecting
    46  eligibility  requirements  and/or the amount of the [food stamp] supple-
    47  mental nutrition assistance program bonus.
    48    6.  The department shall establish procedures in cooperation with  the
    49  industrial commissioner of the department of labor to ensure that infor-
    50  mational  leaflets about the [food stamp] supplemental nutrition assist-
    51  ance program are sent to  each  local  employment  services  office  for
    52  distribution  pursuant  to section five hundred [and] forty of the labor
    53  law.  Each leaflet shall include but not be limited to: the phone number
    54  for the New York State [food stamp]  supplemental  nutrition  assistance
    55  hotline,  estimated  maximum income eligibility levels by household size
    56  for participation in the [food stamp] supplemental nutrition  assistance

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     1  program  and  the  availability  of local social services departments to
     2  provide additional information about the program.
     3    7.  In  accordance with applicable federal laws, rules and regulations
     4  the department shall make available appropriate bilingual  materials  so
     5  that  potentially  eligible  non  English  speaking  individuals  may be
     6  informed  about  the  [food  stamp]  supplemental  nutrition  assistance
     7  program.
     8    8.    The  department shall promulgate rules and regulations, and take
     9  all other actions necessary for the  effective  implementation  of  this
    10  section.
    11    § 4. This act shall take effect immediately.
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