2020 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Favola
Eliminate Two-Year Time Limit on TANF (language only)

Item 350 #6s

Item 350 #6s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Social Services


Page 355, after line 4, insert:

"R.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Department of Social Services shall no longer limit families receiving cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program to a maximum two-years at a time."


(This amendment eliminates the two-year time limit on receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits consecutively. Federal law limits TANF benefits to a maximum of five-years over a lifetime. Virginia law further requires a maximum allowed two-years of consecutive benefits and then a period of time before families can access benefits again.)