LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Welfare recipients would not be able to use their state-issued debit cards to draw cash from casino ATMs or buy lottery tickets, alcohol and tobacco under legislation moving through the state Legislature.

The Michigan House passed bills Wednesday that would restrict the use of Michigan Bridge Cards, used like debit cards for state food assistance and cash programs. The major bills passed 108-0 and advance to the Senate.

Monthly food assistance in Michigan is based on income, how many people are in their household and other criteria. Funds are made available on a debit card swiped through electronic reader when buying groceries.

Other bills in the package would require the state to deactivate a Bridge card when a recipient is in jail.

This vote by the House comes just one day following another welfare reform move by the state. Gov. Snyder Tuesday signed legislation that sets a 48 month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.  He said it will return cash assistance to its original intent as a transitional program to help families work toward self-sufficiency. Under the measure, more than 12,000 Michigan families will lose their welfare checks starting October first.

The state will allow exemptions to the limit for those who have a disability or are unable to work.  (More on this, here).

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments (3)
  1. Trishalla Bell says:

    People that Poor People Bash are so clueless! But Since your poor bashers know so much, why don’t try going to your state capital and ask for the fiscal note on how much they really spend on Welfare. then you will see! compare it to the fiscal note for the tax breaks that Corporate America gets and see who really Comes out ahead. I would bet my last dollar its not a family with young children trying to survive on Less then 500 dollars a month! The Nile is a river in Egypt, LOL, Why don’t you guys really try to look at who is really making out like a fat cat!!! Its never been poor families on welfare!

  2. kevin says:

    Point is that 4 years is WAY more than enough time to find employment and support your own damn children….and welfare recipients should NOT be using MY hard-earned income to drink, smoke, and gamble.

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