Revises the definition of "work activity" for purposes of the Work First temporary assistance for needy families program to change the amount of vocational training time, from twelve months to twenty-four months, to qualify as work activity. Requires the joint legislative audit and review committee to review the impact of extending that time.
Summary of Bill (First Substitute): The amount of vocational training that a WorkFirst participant may receive is increased from 12 months to 24 months.
By December 1, 2025, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee is to review the impact of extending the amount of vocational training time that qualifies for work activity
from 12 months to 24 months. The review is to include: (1) an analysis of the increase of number of participants that qualify for TANF due to the extended training, and (2) a comparison of employment and earnings outcomes for individuals that qualified due to the extended training time compared to the other TANF recipients.
Adopted Amendments in Senate Ways & Means:
• Subject to funding appropriated specifically for this purpose, allows WorkFirst participants to be extended from 12 months to 24 months
• Removes the JLARC review of the impact of extending the amount of vocational education training