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2011 Senate Bill 712: Ban welfare for big lottery winners

Public Act 78 of 2012

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on March 1, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 29, 2012.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 29, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 11, 2012.

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