Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bill to create commission to study intergenerational poverty advances to Senate

A bill to create a state commission to develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty has been forwarded to the Utah Senate.

The Senate Economic Development and Workforce Development Committee voted unanimously Monday to give the bill a favorable recommendation.

The proposed commission would be made up of the executive directors of the state departments of health, human services and workforce services, as well as the state superintendent of instruction and the juvenile court administrator.

The commission would collaborate on policy recommendations to "help children escape the consequences of intergenerational poverty," said Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, sponsor of SB53.

The bill also would create an advisory committee of representatives of faith organizations, child advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations to assist the commission. Deseret News

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