Under current law, a person may be permanently denied W-2 benefits if a court finds or if it is determined after an administrative hearing that the individual has intentionally violated any W-2 statutes or rules on three separate occasions. There are a number of sanctions in the law for program violations, but the denial of future benefits is limited to people committing 3 intentional violations.
- allowing the denial of benefits to also apply to emergency assistance for low-income families;
- creating a graduated scale of penalties for program violations (including first and second violations); and
- allowing the determinations of violations to be made by W-2 agencies, county departments, or the Dept. of Children and Families (without having to go through a formal administrative hearing).