Thanks to Homes for Families for the following update on Welfare Reform:
The welfare bill is in conference committee which will work out the final bill between now and some time in January. Had the bill been rushed through, we are certain it would have included some very harmful provisions. We now have the opportunity to improve the bill, but this will take ongoing efforts on our part. We have a lot of work to do through the Holidays.
The calls and contacts that you all made to legislators had an important and significant impact. Without your outreach, it is likely that a potentially harmful bill would likely have been rushed through committee. Thank you for everything you have done and will undoubtedly continue to do to ensure that our state passes responsible and effective welfare reform!
We will be in touch about next steps. In the meantime, it would be great to thank legislators who supported improvements to the bill and let them know you will be following up.