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2011 Senate Bill 109: Ban welfare “bridge card” cash ATM withdrawal in casino

Public Act 197 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 8, 2011, to require state agencies to work with ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash in a casino. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare payments.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on February 8, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 8, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 13, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 13, 2011.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on April 14, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 14, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on April 14, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 21, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on June 12, 2012, to place in statute an explicit prohibition on the purchase of alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets with a "bridge card" (this is already prohibited by rules). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012.
  4. Passed 110 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2012, to require state agencies to work with ATM cash machine suppliers to establish a way to stop a welfare recipient’s “bridge card” from being used to withdraw cash in a casino. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced food stamps and cash welfare payments.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2012.

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