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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.

Comments

Re: 2011 Senate Bill 109 (Ban welfare “bridge card” cash ATM withdrawal in casino )  by concerned PE on September 7, 2011 

I couldn't agree more.  The Bridge Card is a way of life for so many and they know every trick.  I really think they should randomly audit and if they have a huge flat screen TV, a  new car, the designer clothes and accessories, an I-Phone, take it away.  We watch them buying the best products - no problem.  I have worked for 35 + years and anticipate another 10 years and I'm looking for every no-brand, mark-down & sale.  I say only for the really needy and no more than 2 years.  One grocery store by me tells me 80% of their intake is on the Bridge Card and one cashier says the same people have been using it since she started - 27 years ago and now their kids have one too!!  There is a real problem.  Also, how about the work for the money, or tie what they get to school attendance for their kids.  Do something because the rest of us paying for all this are very angry about the abuse.



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 109 (Ban welfare “bridge card” cash ATM withdrawal in casino )  by polarbear on May 10, 2011 

South Dakota got it right.-- 25-4 52 - 25-4-54


LEGISLATIVE- AMEND MICHIGAN ADOPTION CODE LAWS


AMEND CODE 710.56 (6) ADD ON


EXCEPT IF A CHILD IS ADOPTED BY A MATERNAL OR PATERNAL GRANDPARENT THIS DOES NOT PROHIBIT EITHER GRANDPARENT TO VISITATION OF GRANDCHILD IN THE 1ST.DEGREE."""


THIS ADD-ON DOES INPUT INTO PARENTS RIGHTS, AND IT WILL SAVE CHILDREN LIVES. SAVE STATE MONEY WISE, GRANDPARENTS OF BOTH SIDE AGREE, IN AARP-VETERAN-AND MANY OTHER STATES ARE CHANGING TO THE ""EXCEPT" ADD ON - JOIN THE AMENDMENT TO ADOPTION CODE, WRITE TO CONGRESS DEMAND - TO THE ADD-ON OF 710.56 (6) TO BE PUT INTO LAWS.   LEGISLATIVE : DIDNOT EVEN INPUT THE EXCEPT GRANDPARENT" INTO LAW IN 2003- THEY JUST FORGOT.


710.56 (6)-ADD ON--  ""EXCEPT IF A CHILD IS ADOPTED BY MATERNAL/PATERNAL GRANDPARENT THIS DOES NOT PROHIBIT VISITATION BY GRANDPARENTS IN THE 1ST. DEGREE. """"



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 109 (Ban welfare “bridge card” cash ATM withdrawal in casino )  by G.Hurrell on April 16, 2011 

 This is a ridiculous waste of time! Bridge card recipients will simply withdraw their cash from an ATM before entering the casinos. This is like telling people they no longer have access to running water in their homes because you outlawed outside spiggots. The state needs to stop the practice of using bridge cards for any type of cash transactions. Any non food purchases should be done through a voucher system that uses the lowest bidder as it's source for redemption of the voucher. Welfare needs to be a temporary way of life for those in need and not a permanent source of cash to do with as one pleases.



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