Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Subsection (a) of section 17b-104 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-194 and section 11 of public act 95-351, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
(a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall administer the program of aid to families with dependent children and the program of state supplementation to the Supplemental Security Income Program provided for by the Social Security Act and state law. He may delegate any of his powers and authority to any deputy, assistant, investigator or supervisor, who shall have, within the scope of the power and authority so delegated, all of the power and authority of the Commissioner of Social Services. On and after January 1, 1994, the commissioner shall establish a standard of need based on the cost of living in this state for the aid to families with dependent children program and the general assistance program. He shall make a reinvestigation, at least every twelve months, of all cases receiving aid from the state EXCEPT THAT SUCH REINVESTIGATION MAY BE CONDUCTED EVERY TWENTY-FOUR MONTHS FOR RECIPIENTS OF ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED WITH STABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, and he shall maintain all case records of the several programs administered by the Department of Social Services so that such records show, at all times, full information with respect to eligibility of the applicant or recipient. In the determination of need under any public assistance program, such income or earnings shall be disregarded as federal law requires, and such income or earnings may be disregarded as federal law permits. The commissioner shall encourage and promulgate such incentive earning programs as are permitted by federal law and regulations.
Approved May 24, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.[footer.htm]