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Bill would require community service for assistance

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Those who receive welfare benefits from the state could soon be required to perform community service.

The Michigan House has passed a bill that would require some welfare recipients to perform community service in order to satisfy work participation requirements set by the Department of Human Services.

The bill, known as the Social Welfare Act, has exemptions for people receiving assistance based on age and medical conditions.

Some residents think if this bill becomes law it will be good for our community.

Saginaw resident Joe Zaragoza is in favor of proposed state legislation requiring some welfare recipients to do community service. "If you're able to give back to the community of what the community has given to you I think you should be able to do community service too," says Zaragoza.

The State House approved the measure Tuesday.

If the Senate approves the changes to the bill, it heads to Governor Snyder's desk for his signature.

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