CREATING THE ALABAMA POVERTY TASK FORCE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That there is hereby created the Poverty Task Force. The task force shall consist of the following members:
(1) The Chair of the House of Representatives Government Appropriations Committee, or a designee.
(2) The Chair of the Senate Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources Committee, or a designee.
(3) The Director of the Department of Children's Affairs, or a designee.
(4) The Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), or a designee.
(5) The Commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid Agency, or a designee.
(6) One person living in poverty appointed by Alabama ARISE.
(7) A representative of Alabama ARISE.
(8) A representative of the Alabama Poverty Project.
(9) A representative of the adult day services industry.
(10) A representative of the Greater Birmingham Ministries.
Members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in attending meetings from their respective appointing agencies according to agency policies for expense reimbursement.
The members of the task force shall be inclusive and reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.
The Governor shall call the first meeting of the task force at which time the members shall elect a chair and vice-chair.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) shall provide necessary administrative support for the task force.
The task force shall assess the current and future impact of poverty on the residents of Alabama, shall examine the existing barriers, services, and resources addressing the needs of persons living in poverty and their families, and shall develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to the poverty crisis.
The task force shall include an examination of the following in its assessment and recommendations:
(1) A determination of the economic and human impact of poverty in Alabama.
(2) A review of remedies to reduce the number of individuals and families living in poverty in Alabama.
(3) Legislative remedies for consideration in the 2008 Regular Session.
(4) Needed state policies or responses, including, but not limited to, directions for the provision of clear and coordinated services and supports to persons and families living in poverty and strategies to address any identified gaps in services.
The task force shall hold public meetings and utilize technological means, such as web casts, to gather feedback on the recommendations from the general public and from persons and families affected by poverty.
The task force shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature in the form of a State Anti-Poverty Plan no later than March 1, 2008, at which time the task force shall terminate and stand dissolved and discharged from any further duties and liabilities.
Each legislative member of the task force shall be entitled to his or her regular legislative compensation, his or her per diem, and travel expenses for each day he or she attends a meeting of the task force. These payments shall be paid out of any funds appropriated to the use of the Legislature by means of warrants drawn by the state Comptroller on the State Treasury. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no member shall receive additional legislative compensation or per diem when the Legislature is in session or if a member is being paid any other payments on the same dates for attendance on other state business. The total expenditures of the committee shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).