Mich. House votes to restrict food assistance use - WNEM TV 5

Mich. House votes to restrict food assistance use

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Welfare recipients could not 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.

TV5 introduced viewers to Leroy Fick, an Auburn man who admitted he continued using a Michigan Bridge Card even after wining nearly $2 million in the state's Make Me Rich! television show in 2010.

Check out the video at the top of this story to see TV5's archived clips.

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