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Families First

S2446 / HB2290 Act to Restore Hope SB2526 / HB2552 Forfeiture of funding due to classification of certain students. / WATCHED 

  • TNCPPC watched this bill – it passed in the Senate but didn’t have to votes to pass in the House subcommittee.  Not a good bill

  • Sponsors: Sen. Mae Beavers / Rep. Jeremy Durham

  • Description: Declares that any public institution of higher education that classifies a student, who is not a United States citizen, as a Tennessee resident for purposes of charging in-state tuition forfeits all state funding. Specifies the declaration does not apply to veterans under the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act. 

  • CPPC watched this bill without support.  It was taken off notice.
     

SB2116 / HB2302 Temporary assistance to needy families program cash limits. / OPPOSED 

  • TNCPPC opposed bill.  The bill was taken off notice 

  • Sponsors: Sen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Pat Marsh

  • Description: Limits cash withdrawals to $25 daily for cash benefits under the temporary assistance to needy families program with an electronic benefits transfer card from an ATM or a point-of-sale terminal. Authorizes the commissioner of human services to raise or rescind the withdrawal limit to ensure recipients have adequate access to cash assistance and the continued appropriation of federal block grant funds.

 

SB2116 / HB2302 Temporary assistance to needy families program cash limits. / OPPOSED 

  • TNCPPC opposed this bill.  The bill was taken off notice

  • Sponsors: Sen. Jim Tracy / Rep. Pat Marsh

  • Description: Limits cash withdrawals to $25 daily for cash benefits under the temporary assistance to needy families program with an electronic benefits transfer card from an ATM or a point-of-sale terminal. Authorizes the commissioner of human services to raise or rescind the withdrawal limit to ensure recipients have adequate access to cash assistance and the continued appropriation of federal block grant funds.

SB1759 / HB1802 Calculation of income - eligibility for supplemental food program. / WATCHED, SUPPORTED, PASSED 

  • TNCPPC watched / supported the bill.  This bill passed.

  • Category: Health Care

  • Sponsors: Sen. Mark Green / Rep. Joe Pitts

  • Description: Prohibits the department of health, to the extent permitted by federal law, from counting the basic allowance for subsistence as income when determining eligibility of an applicant who is a member of the uniformed service for the special food program for women, infants, and children.

  • Senate Status: 03/07/2016 - Senate passed.

  • House Status: 04/18/2016 - House passed.

  • Executive Status: 04/21/2016 - Sent to governor.