Amendment #41, as changed to S.1806

An Amendment to Study the Welfare System in the Commonwealth

Mr. Fattman of Sutton move that the bill be amended by adding the following section:

"SECTION 29. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the secretary of administration and finance shall study the administration and efficacy of the current benefit systems and programs in the commonwealth and the resource inputs of said benefit system and programs, including, but not limited to, the following: electronic benefit transfer, supplemental nutrition assistance program, section 8 housing, low Income home energy assistance program, extending the earned income tax credit, the extension of a child and dependent care tax credit, and any other programs deemed appropriate by the secretary that move individuals out of poverty and into situations of economic independence and autonomy. The study shall be conducted in consultation with the commissioner of the department of transitional assistance, the commissioner of the department of housing and community development and other executive agencies as the secretary deems appropriate. The secretary shall provide an opportunity for comments and input from members of the public and general court on or before January 1, 2014, provided that such opportunity shall include at least 1 public hearing. The secretary shall report on the findings of the study to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate and the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before April 1, 2014.".