The MCC played a key role in amending SB 24 when it was debated by the Missouri Senate. As approved by the Senate, the legislation requires the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide a face-to-face orientation for applicants so they can understand the expectations of the program. This is not currently being done.
Next week, the House Committee on Children and Families will hold a public hearing on SB 24. Consideration of amendments is expected and some of them may take a harsh approach on how to reform TANF. However, other amendments may be more positive in nature, such as taking more seriously a declared goal of TANF to encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
Some kind of TANF reform is likely to be approved by the Missouri House and the whole issue could end up before a conference committee of House and Senate members to work out differences. We will keep you informed as this issue moves forward.