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2013 House Bill 4388: Ban welfare benefits for truancy scofflaws
  1. Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on March 7, 2013, to require welfare recipients with school age children to ensure the children attend school or else lose benefits, and require the state welfare agency to promulgate rules to make it so. If the child is age 16 or 17 he or she would be "removed" from the welfare "program group," meaning the family and/or household.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on March 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on April 24, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on April 30, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on April 30, 2013, to require that any school age child not attending school be removed from the family or household (the welfare "control group"), not just ones who are age 16 or 17. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on April 30, 2013, to authorize exceptions, appeals and "second chance" intervention requirements for the proposed requirement. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 30, 2013.
  2. Passed 78 to 32 in the House on May 1, 2013, to require welfare recipients who have school age children to ensure the children attend school or else lose benefits, and require the state welfare agency to promulgate rules to make it so. If the child is age 16 or 17 he or she would be "removed" from the welfare "program group," meaning the family and/or household.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 2, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on May 2, 2013.

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