Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.17.2020. Public hearing scheduled in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation at 8:00 AM on 1.22.2020. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.30.2020; 1st substitute bill passed and referred to Ways & Means. Referred to Ways & Means on 2.3.2020. Public hearing in Ways & Means on 2.10.2020. Executive action taken in Ways & Means on 2.11.2020. 2nd substitute adopted and passed onto Rules. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.17.2020. 2nd substitute bill heard and passed out of the Senate (30-18) on 2.18.2020. IN THE HOUSE: First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 2.21.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.25.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.26.2020;pass with amendment(s). Referred to Appropriations on 2.28.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 2.29.2020 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.2.2020; majority pass with amendment(s) by Human Services & Early Learning. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 3.3.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 3.5.2020. Committee amendment not adopted. Floor amendment(s) adopted. Passed out of the House on 3.6.2020. IN THE SENATE: Senate refuses to concur in House amendments. Asks House to recede from amendments on 3.10. 2020. IN THE HOUSE: House receded from amendments. Senate refuses to concur in House amendments. Asks House to recede from amendments on 3.10.2020. IN THE SENATE: Senate concurred in House amendments. Passed final passage on 3.9.2020. President signed on 3.11.2020. updated 3.13.2020) Senate refuses to concur in House amendments. Asks House to recede from amendments on 3.10. 2020. IN THE HOUSE: House receded from amendments.

Legislative Session

2020

Status

Passed

Sponsor

Sen. Nguyen

Expands hardship reasons a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient is exempt from the 60-month time limit for TANF benefits. Allows, rather than requires, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to reduce a family's TANF grant due to non-compliance and removes the option to terminate the grant.

Prohibits DSHS from requiring TANF applicants to attend an orientation as a condition of eligibility. Directs DSHS to revise the comprehensive study of living costs that the standard of need for TANF is based upon. Directs DSHS to base the standards for the Pregnant Women Assistance and the State Family Assistance programs on the revised comprehensive study. Specifies the act applies prospectively only, and not retroactively. 

Amendments: 

2nd Substitute:

If a recipient refuses to engage in work and work activities required by DSHS, after two months of continuous noncompliance, the family's grant must be reduced by the recipient's share or by 40 percent, whichever is greater. DSHS must terminate the grant after 12 months of continuous noncompliance. This provision applies prospectively and not retroactively. If funding is not provided by June 30, 2020 in the supplemental omnibus appropriations act, this bill is null and void.

Striker Amendment:

  • Removes the provision requiring DSHS to terminate a family's grant after 12 months of continuous noncompliance.
  • Adds criteria by which DSHS must exempt a recipient from the 60- month lifetime limit for benefits and removes the existing definition of "homeless person" as it relates to time limit extensions.
  • Requires DSHS to report disaggregated data identifying the race of individuals whose benefits were reduced or terminated during the preceding year due to sanction or reaching the 60-month limit and describe steps the Department is taking to address and remedy any racial disproportionality.
  • Directs DSHS to conduct outreach to families terminated due to time limits in or after January 2015, who appear to otherwise meet expanded time limit extension criteria in order to notify families of policy changes and encourage them to reapply for assistance.
  • Removes the effective date of May 2021, for the Act and adds an effective date of July 2021, for time limit extension and noncompliance sanction policy changes.
  • Removes the provision specifying the Act applies prospectively only.
  • Removes the null and void clause.

Amendment:

  • Replaced the term “refused to” with “did not” when referring to a recipient's noncompliance with work activity requirements for good cause