Human Services

Suggested State Legislation: This Act gives veterans’ organizations the right to receive the cremains of a veteran which have not been claimed by a relative or friend of the deceased within a certain time after cremation, and upon certification to the state commissioner of health and senior services that a diligent effort has been made to identify, locate and notify a relative or friend of the deceased within that time.

Suggested State Legislation: The new Uniform Parentage Act confronts the complicated issue of establishing legal parentage against the complications that technology provides. It brings genetic testing into modern parentage actions in a manner that is efficient, but that preserves due process rights for all concerned

Suggested State Legislation: In 1984 New York established a state Adoption Information Registry within the state department of health to enable adopted children to get identifying information about their biological parents. New York Chapter 435 of 2008 enhances awareness of that Registry by directing that a biological parent be given an Adoption Information Registry Birth Parent Registration Consent form at the time they surrender their child for adoption.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments strongly urge Congress to restore funding to the child support enforcement program by passing The Child Support Protection Act of 2007 (S. 803) or similar legislation.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act requires people 18 years or older to prove they are lawfully present in the United States before such people can get certain public benefits.

Suggested State Legislation:  This Act establishes procedures to expedite hearings on child custody and visitation issues for service members who are absent or about to depart for duty.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments representing state, territorial and provincial policy leaders urge the use of local, fresh milk in WIC and other federally funded hunger security programs.

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments representing state, provincial and territorial policy leaders urge the support of S.790 and make certain that all states and territories in the nation have access to this necessary service to low-income children in our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all members of Congress serving on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the commissioners of agriculture of U.S. states and territories.
 

Congress has failed to act in a timely manner on the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant. Nonetheless, the next generation of welfare reform is already underway. A slowly growing economy, the end of rapid caseload reductions, massive state and local budget problems, and the constraints of a closed-ended block grant will pose serious constraints on state flexibility and on states’ ability to continue new programs developed under the block grant. At the same time, a larger portion of child-only cases, increased sanction rates, a residual population of longer-term cases and the needs of the working poor will require new programs and more effective services. Although it will be difficult, states have little option but to begin to address these problems without waiting for federal action.

As states continue to implement the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant, they will need to address issues such as rapidly approaching time limits on federal assistance and the importance of enhancing supports to promote job retention and advancement. In addition, as Congress considers the reauthorization of TANF and other income-security programs, states will want to give close attention to both programmatic aspects of any reauthorization proposal and to their impact on state and local flexibility.

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