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2011 House Bill 5033: Ban welfare for big lottery winners

Public Act 79 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) on October 4, 2011, to place in statute a $5,000 asset cap for determining financial eligibility for food stamps (this is already done administratively); and also to include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of “countable income” for purposes of determining eligibility for food stamps and other state welfare benefits.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on October 4, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on February 14, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on February 16, 2012, 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 House on February 16, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Maureen Stapleton (D) on February 16, 2012, to strip out the provision requiring the state welfare department to apply an asset test to food stamp eligibility determinations. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 16, 2012.
  2. Passed 67 to 39 in the House on February 21, 2012, to explicitly authorize in statute an asset cap for determining financial eligibility for food stamps (this is already done administratively, with the current cap at $5,000); and also to include money won in lottery or other gambling as part of “countable income” for purposes of determining eligibility for food stamps and other state welfare benefits.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on February 22, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on February 22, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 22, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on March 28, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that only includes the asset cap authorization. The provision on lottery winners is now in Senate Bill 712. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 28, 2012.
  4. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on March 29, 2012, to explicitly authorize in statute an asset cap for determining financial eligibility for food stamps (this is already done administratively, with the current cap at $5,000).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 29, 2012.
  6. Passed 71 to 39 in the House on March 29, 2012, to concur with the Senate-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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