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Senate passes bill aimed at breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 5:02 p.m. MDT

According to a report on intergenerational poverty by the Department of Workforce Services, the number of individuals under the age of 18 who live in poverty is 136,751, just under 16 percent of the state's child population. (Shutterstock.com) According to a report on intergenerational poverty by the Department of Workforce Services, the number of individuals under the age of 18 who live in poverty is 136,751, just under 16 percent of the state's child population. (Shutterstock.com)

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to create a state commission of five state department heads to develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty unanimously passed the Utah Senate on Wednesday.

SB53 calls for a commission 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 recommendations "to rescue children out of intergenerational poverty and welfare dependency," said Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, the bill's sponsor.

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

Marjorie Cortez

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