State Reps. Beth Liston (D-Dublin) and Sarah
LaTourette (R-Chesterland) today introduced bipartisan legislation to
ensure that child support funds stay with Ohio families regardless of
whether they receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
“Child support is money that parents pay
to give their children opportunity,” said Rep. Liston. “We are working
across the aisle to ensure Ohio’s children have what is necessary to
Currently, Ohio takes child support
money from families who receive TANF and applies it to the costs of the
program. Rep. Liston’s bill would ensure that Ohio’s neediest children
have access to the resources that their parents provide.
“This bill helps families keep their hard-earned money,” added Liston.
The legislation would also stipulate
that child support money up to $100 per child each month would not be
included in TANF benefit calculations, for a maximum of $200 a month, to
help prevent families from losing benefits. Half of states in the U.S.
have implemented similar laws to allow money to stay with children and
After receiving a bill number, the legislation will be assigned to a committee for its initial hearings.