The economic opportunity poverty reduction task force (task force) was created in 2009 with a repeal date of 2014. The bill requires the senate president and speaker of the house of representatives to jointly appoint a vice-chairperson to the task force in addition to appointing the chairperson and clarifies the time frame for filling vacancies on the task force.
The bill clarifies that the task force may annually seek approval as a legislative study committee receiving general fund appropriations or the task force may be funded through gifts, grants, and donations credited to the legislative department cash fund. If the task force does not receive approval by legislative council as a legislative study committee and legislative council has not received sufficient gifts, grants, and donations to cover the full cost of an interim committee, the bill clarifies that the task force shall still meet during the interim if the chairperson and vice-chairperson determine that the task force has sufficient resources to carry out the duties of the task force. If the task force meets, the task force may recommend legislation to legislative council that will be treated as interim committee bills. However, task force members will not be entitled to reimbursement, and the task force will not have staff support from legislative council staff or the office of legislative legal services, except for the drafting of legislation.
The bill extends the repeal date of the task force by one year.