Policy: Entitlements

Bill would pay extra $80 in CalWorks for diapers

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California,Entitlements,Welfare,Family Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill making its way through the Legislature would provide an extra $80 a month for diaper purchases for families receiving money through CalWorks.

The state Assembly approved AB1516 by Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego on a 52-19 vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.

Gonzalez said diapers can cost as much as $100 a month and quoted rapper Eminem in urging lawmakers to support her bill, saying "food stamps don't buy diapers. Well, neither does WIC."

Assemblyman Mark Stone, a Democrat from Scotts Valley, said that without diapers families are not able to leave their children in child care and "go to work as we need them to under CalWorks."

The payment will be available to qualifying families with children who are younger than 2.

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