CA SB 227

Title: Unemployment: Excluded Workers Program.
Author: Miguel Santiago

SB 227, as amended, Durazo. Unemployment: Excluded Workers Program. (1) Existing law authorizes the payment of unemployment compensation benefits and requires that they be made in accordance with regulations of the Director of Employment Development. Existing law generally requires the Employment Development Department to promptly pay benefits if claimants are eligible or to promptly deny benefits if they are ineligible. Existing law prohibits payment of unemployment compensation benefits for services performed by a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States, unless that person is an individual who was lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time the services were performed, was lawfully present for purposes of performing the services, or was permanently residing in the United States under color of law at the time the services were performed, as specified.This bill would establish, until January 1, 2027, the Excluded Workers Program, to be administered by the Employment Development Department upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purpose of providing income assistance to excluded workers who are ineligible for the existing state or federal benefits administered by the department and who are unemployed. The bill would make individuals eligible to receive $300 per week for each week of unemployment, if the Director of Employment Development makes certain findings, as defined and specified. The bill would require the department to promulgate regulations to implement the program, including regulations providing for an application process, as specified.The bill would prohibit the department from requesting or compelling certain information from individuals in connection with administering the program and would prohibit the department from retaining specified documents for longer than necessary to administer benefits. The bill would also prohibit, except as specified, disclosures of personal information, as defined. The bill would require the department, on or before April 1, 2025, and until all funds have been exhausted, or January 1, 2027, whichever comes first, to release quarterly reports on the progress of the program. The bill would also require the department, on or before March 1, 2026, to submit a report to the Legislature that includes specified information about the program, including, program participation, benefit amounts paid, weeks of benefits paid per participant, specified demographic information on program participants, outreach efforts, and administrative costs.(2) The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal law, generally defines “gross income” as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, and provides various exclusions from gross income for purposes of computing tax liability. Existing law requires any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure to contain, among other things, specific goals, purposes, and objectives that the tax expenditure will achieve, detailed performance indicators, and data collection requirements.This bill, for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2025, and before January 1, 2027, would provide an exclusion from gross income for benefits received under the program. The bill would require the Employment Development Department to submit, on or before June 15, 2026, a report to the Legislature on the total number of benefits paid and the average amount allowed, and would provide findings and declarations relating to the goals, purposes, and objectives of this exclusion.(3) Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

June 19 set for second hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Bill Documents
CA SB 227 - 04/20/23 - Amended Senate
04/20/23 - CA SB 227 (04/20/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 227 - 01/19/23 - Introduced
01/19/23 - CA SB 227 (01/19/23 - Introduced)

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  • Miguel Santiago - D
    Assemblymember - State Assembly - CA

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