Residency Requirements for TANF Recipients Act Exposed

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The Residency Requirements for TANF Recipients Act is listed under ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force, but does not include approval information. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.

ALEC Bill Text


This Act requires persons receiving TANF benefits to be a resident of that state.

Model Legislation

Section 1. {Title.}

Section 2. {Definitions.}

Section 3. {Eligibility.}

Except as hereinafter otherwise provided, and subject to the rules, regulations, and standards established by (insert department), both as to eligibility for assistance and as to its nature and extent, needy persons defined by (insert state) shall be eligible for assistance as follows:

(A) Assistance may be granted only to or in behalf of a resident of (insert state.)

(B) Needy persons who do not meet the residency requirements stated in this Act and who are transients or without residence in any state, may be granted assistance up to seven days in the form of vendor payments, all in accordance with the rules, regulations, and standards established by the (insert department.)

(C) Notwithstanding the maximum aid payments as determined by the (insert department), recipients of general assistance and Aid to Families with Dependent Children who have resided in (insert state) for less than 12 months shall be paid an amount calculated in accordance with (insert department) standards, but not to exceed the maximum aid payment that would have been received from the recipient's state of prior residence, unless that amount exceeds the maximum payment level available to recipients in (insert state). When the maximum aid payment from a recipients's state of prior residence exceeds that amount which would otherwise be available in (insert state), the recipient shall receive an amount not to exceed the amount available in (insert state.)

Section 4. {Severability clause.}

Section 5. {Repealer clause.}

Section 6. {Effective date.}