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

April 10, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SENATE PASSES SB 11 TO ENSURE TANF RECIPIENTS ARE DRUG-FREE

AUSTIN —The Texas Senate today unanimously passed 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 use tears apart families, hurts children, and prevents individuals from living healthy, productive lives. It is a direct violation of the personal responsibility agreement signed by TANF participants. We have a responsibility to ensure that our policies discourage drug abuse - not enable it - and to encourage individuals with drug problems into treatment programs," said Senator Nelson.

SB 11:

The bill, which now moves to the House of Representatives, 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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