Full Senate to hear welfare penalty for parents

Associated Press • Apr 11, 2013 at 7:17 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school is scheduled to be heard by the full Senate on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the House Government Operations Committee voted 8-4 to give a positive recommendation to the companion bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah even after hearing from a representative from Gov. Bill Haslam's office that the governor has serious concerns about the legislation.

The measure would cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, benefits by 30 percent if a child fails to advance to the next grade.

The money could be earned back if a parent attends two conferences with teachers, takes parenting classes or enrolls the child in tutoring programs or summer school.

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