Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.14.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.26.21. 
 
Scheduled for executive session Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.5.21;  at 10:30 p.m. 1st substitute bill passed and refer to Ways & Means.

Referred to Ways & Means on 2.8.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.16.21.

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.18.21.

(updated 2.19.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Nguyen

SB5214 amends current law related to TANF timeline limitations and allows time limit extensions related to hardship if the recipient is: participating satisfactorily in the program; temporarily prevented from working or looking for a job; or in need of mental health or substance use disorder treatment.
SB5214 also now allows a WorkFirst orientation by phone rather than in-person orientation for TANF; removes the full family sanction policy, and allows a family to keep earn and keep all (as opposed to 1½ of its earnings during every month it is eligible to receive assistance.

Substitute Bill:

  • Provides that for any month the state unemployment rate is at or above 7 percent, the Department of Social and Health and Services may not count a temporary assistance for needy families recipient's cash grant towards the 60-month lifetime limit.
  • Provides that the bill applies retroactively as of March 1, 2020 as well as prospectively.