Senator David Sater (R-Cassville), sponsor of SB 24, is concerned that too few recipients participate in the work activities available under TANF, which may include subsidized or unsubsidized employment, job training, or community service. The MCC recognizes that participation in work activities can be a life-changer for recipients, serving as a springboard to a better life. However, SB 24, as originally filed, imposed sanctions on non-compliant recipients without any attempt to meet personally with them. The amended legislation ensures personal interaction and planning takes place that can help a recipient move out of poverty.
The legislation will now move to the Missouri House for consideration.