California "Welfare Reform Act" (2014)

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A California "Welfare Reform Act" (#13-0024) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014, ballot as an initiated state statute.

Supporters of the initiative referred to it as "The California Welfare Reform Act of 2014." They withdrew the initiative on April 14, 2014.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Public Assistance Benefits. Eligibility. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires adult applicants for public assistance benefits to have California driver's license or identification card and child applicants to have birth certificate and social security card. Requires counties and the state to retain copies of such identification documents and monitor subsequent submissions. Requires certain beneficiaries to seek employment for three months before becoming eligible for employment-related assistance. Requires additional state and county steps to identify and facilitate employment for those beneficiaries."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Annual state and local savings, potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars, from reduced caseloads in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program and other public social services programs. Annual state and local costs at least in the tens of millions of dollars to implement a job placement program for CalWORKs recipients and administer additional documentation requirements. One-time state costs in the tens of millions of dollars for various automation changes."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
  • Ted Hilton submitted a letter requesting a title and summary on October 11, 2013.
  • A title and summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 3, 2013.
  • 504,760 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until May 2, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by May 2 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.
  • Proponents withdrew the initiative from circulation on April 14, 2014.

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