Welfare - As introduced, prohibits persons convicted of a felony drug offense on and after July 1, 2011, from being eligible for receiving Families First benefits [TANF] and food stamps. - Amends TCA Title 71.
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  • Actions For SB0447Date
    Assigned to Gen. Sub of GW,H&HR Com. 03/08/2011
    Sponsor(s) Added.02/14/2011
    P2C, ref. to S.GW,H&HR Comm.02/10/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/09/2011
    Filed for intro.02/08/2011
    Actions For HB0456Date
    Withdrawn.02/02/2012
    Assigned to s/c General Sub of HHR02/16/2011
    P2C, ref. to Health & Human Resources Committee02/10/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/09/2011
    Filed for intro.02/08/2011
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    Bill Summary

    This bill makes any person who is convicted on or after July 1, 2011, of any felony offense involving possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance ineligible for Families First assistance and food stamps for a period of five years from the date of the conviction.

    Under present federal law, any person who is convicted of a felony offense, which occurred after August 22, 1996, involving possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance is ineligible for Families First assistance and food stamps. Federal law authorizes states to opt out of the exclusion. Federal law also authorizes states to limit the period of time that the exclusion will apply to persons who are convicted of felony drug offenses.

    Present state law allows persons who are convicted of felony drug offenses to maintain eligibility for Families First assistance and food stamps if the person is participating in drug treatment, awaiting entry into a drug treatment program, completed treatment or is determined not to need treatment. In addition, a person must be in compliance with all obligations imposed by the criminal court in order to maintain eligibility for the benefits. The present law exemption from exclusion for eligibility does not apply to persons who are convicted of a Class A felony drug offense. Under this bill, these present law provisions allowing such persons to maintain eligibility for Families First assistance and food stamps would continue to apply only to such persons convicted of felony drug offenses on or before June 30, 2011.

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