|Passed by the House April 21, 2003|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 16, 2003
President of the Senate
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1635 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
Read first time 02/03/2003. Referred to Committee on Children & Family Services.
AN ACT Relating to income and resources reporting requirements under the public assistance program; and amending RCW 74.04.300.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 74.04.300 and 1998 c 79 s 7 are each amended to read
If a recipient receives public assistance and/or food stamps or food stamp benefits transferred electronically for which the recipient is not eligible, or receives public assistance and/or food stamps or food stamp benefits transferred electronically in an amount greater than that for which the recipient is eligible, the portion of the payment to which the recipient is not entitled shall be a debt due the state recoverable under RCW 43.20B.030 and 43.20B.620 through 43.20B.645. It shall be the duty of recipients of ((
and/or food stamps or food stamp)) cash benefits (( transferred
electronically)) to notify the department (( within twenty days of the
receipt or possession of all income or resources not previously
declared to the department)) of changes to earned income as defined in
RCW 74.04.005(11). It shall be the duty of recipients of cash benefits
to notify the department of changes to liquid resources as defined in
RCW 74.04.005(10) that would result in ineligibility for cash benefits.
It shall be the duty of recipients of food benefits to report changes
in income that result in ineligibility for food benefits. All
recipients shall report changes required in this section by the tenth
of the month following the month in which the change occurs. The
department shall make a determination of eligibility within ten days
from the date it receives the reported change from the recipient. The
department shall adopt rules consistent with federal law and
regulations for additional reporting requirements. The department
shall advise applicants for assistance that failure to report as
required, failure to reveal resources or income, and false statements
will result in recovery by the state of any overpayment and may result
in criminal prosecution.