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Senate passes bill expanding aid to pregnant teens
San Francisco Chronicle

The state Senate has passed a bill that would provide cash aid to pregnant teens if they lack financial support. Lawmakers passed AB1640 by Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles on a 24-12 vote Wednesday. It now moves back to the Assembly for a final vote. Sen. Carol Liu, a Democrat from Pasadena, says the bill allows pregnant teens with no other dependents to become eligible for CalWORKS, the state’s welfare-to-work program. Currently, the state delays aid until the teen’s third trimester.