ASSEMBLY, No. 2362
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 7, 2022
Assemblyman ROY FREIMAN
District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)
Assemblywoman GABRIELA M. MOSQUERA
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
Assemblywoman ANNETTE QUIJANO
District 20 (Union)
Senator GORDON M. JOHNSON
District 37 (Bergen)
Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Assemblyman Atkins, Assemblywomen Reynolds-Jackson, Lampitt, Murphy, McKnight, Speight and Senator Pou
Requires DHS to submit federal waiver request regarding time limits for certain SNAP recipients under certain circumstances.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 19, 2022, with amendments.
An Act concerning waiver requests for certain eligibility requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and amending P.L.2016, c.11.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 1 of P.L.2016, c.11 (C.44:10-105) is amended to read as follows:
1. a. 2[Immediately upon the effective date of [this act] P.L. , c. (C. )(pending before the Legislature as this bill), provided that the federal Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 30, 2020 has expired, or within 30 days of the expiration of that federal Public Health Emergency, the] The2 Commissioner of Human Services shall submit to the Food and Nutrition Service within the United States Department of Agriculture a request for a waiver, as authorized by 7 C.F.R. 273.24(f), of the time limit on benefits for able bodied adults without dependents who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The commissioner shall seek either a Statewide waiver for time limits on benefits for this population, or a waiver for select geographic areas of the State.
b. [and at]At
least once annually 1[thereafter] after1 the
submission of the waiver pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the [Commissioner
of Human Services]
commissioner shall conduct a review of available data on labor and
employment in the State produced by the Department of Labor and Workforce
Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics[. The purpose
of the review shall be]
in order to determine whether to submit a subsequent request for
a waiver of the benefit time limit for able bodied adults without dependents
participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [as authorized
by 7 C.F.R. 273.24(f), either throughout the State or in any geographic area of
The review shall consider each criterion of eligibility for a waiver as well as
the availability of opportunities that will fulfill the work requirement
described in 7 C.F.R. 273.24(a). Based on the annual review conducted
pursuant to this [section] subsection,
the commissioner shall [determine
submit a request for a waiver 2[, when in
compliance with federal guidance, either for the entire State, if all
geographic areas in the State meet the waiver eligibility criteria, or for any
geographic areas of the State that meet such eligibility criteria] for the
maximum number of areas which are eligible for a waiver. The waiver request
shall be for all geographic areas which represent the
largest number of individuals eligible for a waiver of the able bodied adults without dependents time limits on the receipt of SNAP benefits. This support shall serve to fulfill the requirements described in 7 U.S.C. s.2015(o)(4)(A)2.
(cf: P.L.2016, c.11, s.1)
2. This act shall take effect on the first day of the second month next following enactment, except the Commissioner of Human Services may take any anticipatory administrative action as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.