Proposals to limit the length of time a family could receive welfare (Aid to Families
With Dependent Children--AFDC) have been made at both the federal and state
levels. Limits of two and five years are most common. Although a time limit was not
adopted in Washington State in 1995, the legislature passed E2SHB 2798 during the
1994 legislative session. When it goes into effect, this legislation will reduce a
family's monthly AFDC check by 10 percent after the fourth year.