Ogden lawmaker's bill focuses on helping children in poverty

Feb 13 2013 - 6:32am


Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden
Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill aimed at targeting children victimized by intergenerational poverty has moved one step closer to reality.

SB 53, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, was given a favorable recommendation Tuesday by a House committee and will now advance to the full House. The measure has already cleared the Senate.

The bill calls for five state agencies to work cooperatively. It calls for the formation of a commission and advisory group, which will review data about the estimated 50,000 to 70,000 kids caught in the welfare/poverty cycle and will then suggest possible interventions.

It is the second phase of an effort to look at potential solutions. Reid said there are differences in situational poverty and intergenerational poverty. He said current mechanisms focus on fixing the problem through the parents. He said children will be the focus of the new emphasis.

The measure passed out with a favorable recommendation despite some concerns aired about a sunset date for a commission.

Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, stressed that poverty is a problem but worried the state had to step in and force agencies to share data and information.


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