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2011 House Bill 5033: Ban welfare for big lottery winners

Public Act 79 of 2012

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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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
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.
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
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).
Received in the House on March 29, 2012
Passed 71 to 39 in the House on March 29, 2012 To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 11, 2012

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