Tennessee Regulatory Announcements
TN Department of Human Services emergency rule effective July 1, 2016
7/1/16: The TN Department of Human Services adopted emergency amendments to the Families First EBT rules effective July 1, 2016. The amendments outline proper use of the EBT card, including not accessing public assistance benefits through an EBT card at any point of sale device or ATM located in any liquor store, casino, gambling casino, gaming establishment, or adult cabaret.
There is a proposed permanent amendment for these restrictions for which a public hearing is scheduled for 8/23/16. Comments are due the same day as the hearing.
Notice of Proposed Rule:
Notice of Emergency Rule:
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Bills introduced in TN in both House and Senate: will restrict where ATMs deployed if EBT cards accepted
1/21/16: Two bills were introduced on January 21, 2016 in the TN House and Senate that prohibits establishments where electronic benefits transfers transactions are not allowed from operating ATMs that accept EBT cards.
These appear to be bills that ATM ISOs, operators, affiliates, merchant in TN will want to address with their legislators.
The House bill is H.B. 2290. It was introduced by Representative Dan Howell (R) http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Bill/HB2290.pdf
The Senate bill is S.B. 2446. It was introduced by Senator Kerry Roberts (R). http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Bill/SB2446.pdf
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Bills introduced in TN in both House and Senate: will limit the cash withdrawal amount on EBTcards withdrawals
1/21/16: Two bills were introduced on January 21, 2016 in the TN House and Senate that limit cash withdrawals to $25.00 daily for cash benefits under the TANF program with EBT cards from an automated teller machine.
S.B. 2116 was referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on 1/25/16.
These appear to be bills that ATM ISOs, operators, affiliates, merchants in TN will want to address with their legislators. And you may need to begin discussions with your processors on how this could be accomplished per TN terminal if the laws pass the House and Senate.
The House bill is H.B. 2302. It was introduced by Representative Pat Marsh (R). http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Bill/HB2302.pdf
The Senate bill is S.B. 2116. It was introduced by Senator Jim Tracy (R). http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/109/Bill/SB2116.pdf
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4/20/15: TENNESSEE S.B. 786 - Government Assistance (TANF/EBT)
Sponsor: Senator Mae Beavers (R)
Summary: Prohibits a recipient of public assistance benefits from using their electronic benefits transfer card at a licensed retail store that derives its largest sales from the sale of loose tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, pipes and other smoking accessories.
Status: Introduced 2/12/2015. Referred to Health and Welfare Committee 2/18/2015. Hearing held; passed Health and Welfare Committee 3/25/2015. Passed Senate 3/30/2015.
Outlook: This measure passed the Senate 33-0 and now moves to the House, where it awaits further consideration.
The sponsor is a member of the majority party. Republicans control both legislative chambers and the Governor's Office.
Companion Bill: 2015 H.B. 1339
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
TN Department of Human Services proposing rule change: Amendments to EBT Card Prohibited Uses
2/4/14: The State of Tennessee Department of Human Services has proposed rule amendments concerning the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. The proposed amendments will restrict access to TANF benefits on EBT cards at any liquor store, bar, gambling establishment, or adult entertainment establishment.
The TN Department of Human Services will hold public hearings 2/4/2014 – 2/7/2014 and 2/10/2014 – 2/14/2014. The Department will accept comments at the hearings.
The regulation ID is TN24653 and the citations 1240-01-47, 1240-01-58. To review the proposed amendments, visit