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2021 Senate Bill 5214: Concerning economic assistance programs
Introduced by Sen. Joe Nguyen (West Seattle) (D) on January 14, 2021
Referred to the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee on January 14, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 5, 2021
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 limi.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 8, 2021
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 22, 2021
Received in the House on March 5, 2021
Referred to the House Housing, Human Services & Veterans Committee on March 5, 2021
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 25, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on April 6, 2021
(1) Clarifies that the time limit extension criteria related to unemployment rates applies on or after March 1, 2020. (2) Provides that a family is not required to be a current recipient to be eligible for the additional time allowed under the extension so long as they received TANF after March 1, 2020, and that the additional benefits a family may receive will accrue after the effective date of the Act. (3) Removes the provision applying the Act retroactively to March 1, 2020, as well as prospectively. (4) Applies a contingent effective date of July 1, 2023, only if funding for providing time limit extensions through the 2021-2023 biennium is included in the 2021-23 operating budget. If funding is not provided in the budget, the act takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which it is enacted. Adds a federal severability clause.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 6, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on April 6, 2021
Clarifies that the time limit extension criteria related to unemployment rates applies on or after March 1, 2020. Adds a federal severability clause.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 6, 2021
Received in the Senate on April 19, 2021
Senate concurred in House amendment(s).
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2021

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