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This #billoftheday would require TANF beneficiaries to participate in community service

By: Sarah Ulmer - January 30, 2019

This bill authored by Senator Chris McDaniel would require that adults who have applied  to receive public benefits also comply with community service program requirements.

SB 2611 would initially require 20 hours of community service for applicants 18 years or older for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits (TANF). The Department of Human Services would be required to provide a monthly list of non profits that individuals can select to complete their hours.

The bill reads:

Except as provided in subsection (7) of this  section or where exempted by federal law, on or after July 1, 2019, any natural person eighteen (18) years of age or older who has applied for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits shall be required to participate in a community service  program administered by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

For anyone receiving TANF benefits that does not comply, there are also restrictions. For the first offense, they are ineligible of receiving benefits for 90 days, the second 180 days and for the third, the adult will lose benefits for a year.

These requirements are not mandatory for children under 18 in school or working.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: