HB 2113 creates a task force to develop a comprehensive plan for more effective and efficient poverty relief solutions through identifying pathways out of poverty. The plan should include system changes, decreasing funding barriers, approaches to create poverty relief, establishing goals, and measuring outcomes.
Members of the task force are appointed as follows:
- The president of the senate choses one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the senate,
- The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member from each of the largest caucuses of the house, and
- The president of the senate and the speaker of the house jointly chose 11 members representing nonprofit and for-profit private sector interests with extensive knowledge in serving persons living in poverty.
The task force will choose an executive committee to lead the task force, and develop a process for including stakeholders in the work of the task force.
The task force will meet quarterly; report their initial findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2015; and a final report by December 1, 2016.
The task force expires Dec. 31st, 2017.
ELHS Committee Amendment: As amended, the substitute bill adds the stated finding that poverty occurs statewide in rural, suburban, and urban areas and it has only increased since the great recession of 2007. The poverty task force must be made up of 11 members representing a statewide cross-section of leaders in different roles in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.
Note: Although the bill died the Early Learinng and Human Services Committee will focus on poverty during the interim. It appears that the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee has also identified poverty as an interim issue.