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2015 House Bill 4041: Ban welfare for persistent truancy

Public Act 56 of 2015

Introduced by Rep. Al Pscholka (R) on January 21, 2015
To withhold welfare benefits from a household with children who are persistently truant from school. A truant child age 16 and above could be removed from the household.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on January 21, 2015
Reported in the House on March 18, 2015
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Frank Liberati (D) on March 25, 2015
To require a child of any age who is persistently truant to be removed from a household on welfare.
The amendment failed 47 to 63 in the House on March 25, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D) on March 25, 2015
To require the state welfare agency to "attempt to resolve" a truancy issue with a household on welfare, make exceptions if there is good cause for persistent truancy, and provide an appeal process.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 25, 2015
Passed 74 to 36 in the House on March 26, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To withhold welfare benefits from a household with children who are persistently truant from school. A truant child age 16 and above could be removed from the household.
Received in the Senate on April 14, 2015
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on April 14, 2015
Reported in the Senate on May 14, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on May 26, 2015
To strip out the provisions cutting off welfare to a household with a chronically truant child or children.
The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on May 26, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on May 26, 2015
To suspend the bill's application during the last 21 days of a school year.
The amendment failed 11 to 27 in the Senate on May 26, 2015.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on May 26, 2015
To repeal a 48 month cap on cash welfare payments. This cap does not apply to other forms of welfare, including food stamps, housing subsidies, heating subsidies, health care subsidies (Medicaid), etc.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on May 26, 2015
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on May 26, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To withhold welfare benefits from a household with children who are persistently truant from school. A truant child age 16 and above could be removed from the household.
Received in the House on May 26, 2015
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 10, 2015

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