Welfare penalty for parents dead this session in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would dock the welfare payments of parents whose children fail school is dead.
   
After about a 40-minute debate on the Senate floor Thursday, Republican Sen. Sponsor Stacey Campfield decided to pull the bill so it can be studied over the summer.
   
Both Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the legislation, which sought to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 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.
   
Opponents of the legislation said it's constitutionally suspect and that it could lead to repercussions for a child in the home of an abusive parent.

Earlier story:

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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