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; 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; 2nd substitute bill passed.  

Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.22.21.

Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 3.1.21.

2nd substitute bill substituted. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 3.3.21.

In the House

First reading, referred to Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.5.21.

Public hearing in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.18.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans on 3.23.21; majority pass with amendment(s). 

Referred to Appropriations on 3.25.21. 

Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.31.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 4.1.21; pass with amendment(s) but without amendment(s) by Housing, Human Services & Veterans.

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.2.21.

Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.5.21.

Committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.6.21.

In the Senate

Senate concurred in House amendments. Passed final passage on 4.19.21.

President signed on 4.22.21.

(updated 4.23.21)

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.

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.