Status Summary

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.

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.

2nd substitute:

  • Provides that a person receiving a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant in any month after March 2020 in which the state unemployment rate is at or above 7 percent is eligible for a hardship extension to the 60-month lifetime time limit for TANF grants, if the person is otherwise eligible for TANF except that they have exceeded 60 months.
  • Provides that the extension is the equal to the number of months that the person received a TANF grant during a month of unemployment at or above 7 percent, and must be applied sequentially following other hardship extensions that may apply.
  • Provides that the bill applies retroactively as of March 1, 2020 as well as prospectively.