GUEST PRESS RELEASE: Bill to help Social Security recipients signed into law

Senate Bill 973 authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys

September 14, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 973 (SB 973), legislation sponsored by Treasurer Fiona Ma and authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), to explore ways to direct more resources to California’s aged, blind, and disabled populations.

SB 973 directs the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to report back to the Legislature on alternative options for the administration of the State Supplemental Program (SSP), potentially saving the State approximately $100 million per year and redirecting these funds to California’s underserved. SSP supports those most in need, including seniors with low or no Social Security or pension income, and younger people of any age, including children, with blindness or other significant disabilities.

“My SB 973 will put California on the road to saving taxpayers money and enhancing a program serving those who need help the most – the aged, the blind and the disabled,” Senator Hertzberg said. “I am pleased to have partnered with Treasurer Ma on this thoughtful legislation that looks forward and is a win for California’s most vulnerable residents.”


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