HB 16-1227 (Kagan & DelGrosso/Hill & Crowder) Exemptions from Child Support Enforcement Requirements As A Condition of Receiving Child Care Assistance

Originally Posted: February 5, 2016
Last Updated: April 22, 2016

Summary

This bill would eliminate one of the key barriers for teen parents and domestic violence survivors seeking to access child care. Current law requires nearly all applicants for child care assistance to engage child support enforcement prior to receiving a subsidy. This bill would eliminate that condition for teen parents and domestic violence survivors.

Position

The Children’s Campaign has joined with partners to actively advance this policy change since 2013. Ensuring that young children have access to quality early learning and that teen parents can complete their high school education is a two-generation strategy to break the cycle of poverty. Lowering the barriers to accessing the assistance these parents need at a sensitive point in their lives is vitally important to ensuring children are given a strong start in life.

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Current Status

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan 32-2 vote (1 absent) and now heads to the Governor for signature.  The bill garnered a total of 90 ‘yes’ votes (out of 100 members of the General Assembly) and was cosponsored by 58 legislators this session.

Previous Statuses


April 15, 2016

Passed the House with a bipartisan 58-7 vote and now heads to the Senate with 45 of 100 members of the General Assembly as cosponsors.

April 8, 2016

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan vote of 12-1, and now heads to the House floor for debate.

March 18, 2016

The House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee approved it with a 12-1 bipartisan vote on Friday afternoon (Bill Jaeger, our Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives, testified in support of the bill in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Friday).

March 11, 2016

HB 16-1227 was introduced with a broad, bipartisan group of 38 of 100 state legislators cosponsoring the bill. It is scheduled be heard next week in the House Public Health Care and Human Services committee on Friday, March 18 upon adjournment in Room 0107.

February 5, 2016

HB 16-1227 was introduced on Thursday with broad, bipartisan group of 38 of 100 state legislators cosponsoring the bill. It is scheduled be heard in the House Public Health Care and Human Services committee in the coming weeks.