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SB 2039 - Reduces Lifetime Eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program - Key Vote

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Ron Ramsey voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Reduces Lifetime Eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that reduces the lifetime eligibility period for individuals enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, effective July 1, 2015.

Highlights:

  • Reduces the lifetime eligibility period for individuals receiving assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program to 48 months (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the Department of Human Services to extend the lifetime eligibility period for individuals receiving TANF assistance for individuals who meet the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The individual has an IQ score which suggests that it is unlikely they will be able to successfully complete their work activity requirements within the eligibility period;
    • The individual receiving assistance or a member of their assistance unit has a “severe” physical or mental disability;
    • The documented social history of the individual demonstrates that he or she is a victim of domestic violence which impedes their ability to meet their work activity requirements; or
    • The individual has a current dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse which prevents them from complying with their work activity requirements.
  • Authorizes individuals to receive TANF assistance beyond the 48 month eligibility period if they meet certain requirements including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The family does not contain an adult;
    • The individual receiving aid is 65 years old or older; or
    • The individual receiving aid is disabled or caring for an individual who is disabled.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Reduces Lifetime Eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program

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