Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
The bill would reduce the lifetime limit a person can be on TANF from five years to two. Sen. David Sater said that would encourage TANF members to hold a job and be able to be independent from the government sooner.
The bill sponsored by Chappelle-Nadal would not allow recipients to use public assistant to buy tobacco, alcohol, or go to games or strip clubs.
“A lot of people in this chamber wish we had more money, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t … we have to deal with the now,” House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Silvey said.
In addition to the drug tests, the legislation also requires that photographs of welfare recipients be placed on their electronic benefit cards.