Indianapolis–On Monday, the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 440. The proposal, co-authored by State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington), would alter the income eligibility requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program so that more struggling families could receive the support they need. Sen. Stoops offered the following comments on the passage of the bill:

“It’s important that legislators are doing everything possible to ensure that families going through hard times have the assistance and resources necessary to help them get back on their feet. By changing the eligibility requirements for the TANF program, we would be making sure that no struggling families are left out. My bill would also make adjustments to the amount of TANF benefits recipients would receive so that it is consistent with Indiana’s current cost of living.

“This is legislation I’ve been working on for four years, and I’m happy that it’s receiving bipartisan support. It’s important that struggling working families are given resources to help them maintain or obtain employment and provide for their families. By providing individuals with the tools to get them out of hard times, the TANF program will ultimately help its recipients get to a place where they no longer require government assistance.”

SB 440 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.