Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SB 11 APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUSTIN —The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today unanimously approved SB 11 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to ensure that recipients of TANF, the temporary cash assistance program formerly known as welfare, are drug-free in accordance with TANF guidelines.

"Drug abuse destroys families, harms children and prevents individuals from living healthy, independent lives. Because TANF is a direct cash assistance program, we have a responsibility to ensure that these funds are not being used to support a person's drug habit. More importantly, we should have policies that are discouraging drug abuse rather than enabling it," Senator Nelson said.

The bill:

SB 11, which now moves to the full Senate, ensures that children will never lose TANF benefits. TANF serves more than 100,000 Texans at a cost of nearly $90 million a year. Before receiving TANF benefits, all adult recipients must sign a personal responsibility agreement in which they commit to remaining drug-free as they work to become self-sufficient.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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