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2011 Senate Bill 712: Ban welfare for big lottery winners

Public Act 78 of 2012

Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on September 28, 2011 To include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of a “countable assets” cap for purposes of determining eligibility for food stamps; and to include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of “countable income” for purposes of determining eligibility for other state welfare benefits. The bill also would explicitly authorize in statute an asset cap for food stamp eligibility.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on September 28, 2011
Reported in the Senate on February 7, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 28, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 28, 2012
Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on March 1, 2012 (same description)
To include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of a “countable assets” cap for purposes of determining eligibility for food stamps; and to include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of “countable income” for purposes of determining eligibility for other state welfare benefits. The bill also would explicitly authorize in statute an asset cap for food stamp eligibility.
Received in the House on March 1, 2012
Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on March 1, 2012
Reported in the House on March 27, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 28, 2012 To adopt a version of the bill that recognizes the food stamp asset cap authorization is now in House Bill 5033.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 28, 2012
Passed 109 to 1 in the House on March 29, 2012 To include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of a “countable assets” cap for purposes of determining eligibility for food stamps; and to include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of “countable income” for purposes of determining eligibility for other state welfare benefits.
Received in the Senate on March 29, 2012
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 29, 2012 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 11, 2012

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