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New bill to ban Bridge Cards from strip clubs

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A new bill has been introduced in the Michigan legislature that would ban use of Bridge Cards inside of liquor stores and strip clubs.

The bill was introduced by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and state representatives Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

"Our ATMs do not or have never accepted Bridge Cards in any of our locations," according to a manager at Déjà vu in Saginaw.

Lawmakers said they have identified a significant amount of misuse in the past.

"These Bridge Cards are for needy children ... not gambling, booze and strippers," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Jones said this new bill would amend a law passed last year that prohibits withdrawing welfare cash assistance at Casinos.

"We discovered that one Casino in Detroit ... had raked in $87,000 in cash from Bridge Cards," Jones explained.

Jones said if the state does not put measures in place to prevent misuse, it could lose significant funding from the federal government.

For more on this story, watch reporter Gino Vicci's report above.

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