WSR 97-02-079

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[Filed December 31, 1996, 2:30 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Under the state's new temporary assistance to needy families (TANF) cash assistance program, emergency assistance would be denied to undocumented/illegal aliens.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050 and 74.04.055.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Public Law 104-193, section 402 (b)(1) requires states to limit TANF benefits to qualified aliens as defined in section 431 of the act. To maintain federal funding for Washington state's TANF program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study, internal (management) and external (field staff) review process whereby draft material is distributed for review and comment. All comments are taken into consideration before the final rule is issued.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Virginia Paynter, Program Manager, AFDC/Refugee Assistance Section, Division of Income Assistance, P.O. Box 45400, Olympia, WA 98504-5400, phone (360) 413-3098, FAX (360) 413-3495.

December 31, 1996

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office