State of Washington
65th Legislature
2017 Regular Session
By House Early Learning & Human Services (originally sponsored by Representatives Pellicciotti, McDonald, Stambaugh, Gregerson, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Riccelli, Stanford, Stonier, Kilduff, Holy, Ormsby, Haler, Bergquist, and Dolan)
AN ACT Relating to the definition of work activity for the purposes of the WorkFirst program; amending RCW 74.08A.250; and adding a new section to chapter 74.08A RCW.
Sec. 1.  RCW 74.08A.250 and 2013 c 39 s 27 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, as used in this chapter, "work activity" means:
(1) Unsubsidized paid employment in the private or public sector;
(2) Subsidized paid employment in the private or public sector, including employment through the state or federal work-study program for a period not to exceed twenty-four months;
(3) Work experience, including:
(a) An internship or practicum, that is paid or unpaid and is required to complete a course of vocational training or to obtain a license or certificate in a high-demand occupation, as determined by the employment security department. No internship or practicum shall exceed twelve months; or
(b) Work associated with the refurbishing of publicly assisted housing, if sufficient paid employment is not available;
(4) On-the-job training;
(5) Job search and job readiness assistance;
(6) Community service programs, including a recipient's voluntary service at a child care or preschool facility licensed under chapter 43.215 RCW or an elementary school in which his or her child is enrolled;
(7) Vocational educational training, not to exceed ((twelve)) twenty-four months with respect to any individual;
(8) Job skills training directly related to employment;
(9) Education directly related to employment, in the case of a recipient who has not received a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate as provided in RCW 28B.50.536;
(10) Satisfactory attendance at secondary school or in a course of study leading to a high school equivalency certificate as provided in RCW 28B.50.536, in the case of a recipient who has not completed secondary school or received such a certificate;
(11) The provision of child care services to an individual who is participating in a community service program;
(12) Internships, that shall be paid or unpaid work experience performed by an intern in a business, industry, or government or nongovernmental agency setting;
(13) Practicums, which include any educational program in which a student is working under the close supervision of a professional in an agency, clinic, or other professional practice setting for purposes of advancing their skills and knowledge;
(14) Services required by the recipient under RCW 74.08.025(3) and 74.08A.010(4) to become employable;
(15) Financial literacy activities designed to be effective in assisting a recipient in becoming self-sufficient and financially stable; and
(16) Parent education services or programs that support development of appropriate parenting skills, life skills, and employment-related competencies.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 74.08A RCW to read as follows:
The joint legislative audit and review committee must review the impact of extending the amount of vocational training time that qualifies for work activity from twelve months to twenty-four months. The joint legislative audit and review committee shall report its findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2025. The review must include:
(1) An analysis of the increase in the number of participants that qualify for temporary assistance for needy families due to the extended training time; and
(2) A comparison of employment and earnings outcomes for individuals that qualified due to extended training time compared to other temporary assistance for needy families participants.
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