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2013 Senate Bill 276: Require community service work by welfare recipients

Public Act 51 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on March 19, 2013, to require welfare recipients to perform community service if they are not already in a welfare-related work or training program.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on March 19, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 12, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 12, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on September 18, 2013, to require the state government to pay child care expenses incurred by a welfare participant required to participate in work, training or (under the bill) community service programs. The amendment failed 13 to 23 in the Senate on September 18, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on September 18, 2013, to limit the number of hours welfare recipients can be required to work in community service programs. The amendment failed 11 to 25 in the Senate on September 18, 2013.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  2. Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on September 18, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 18, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on September 18, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on February 26, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) on March 6, 2014, to exempt a welfare recipient who can provide documentation that he or she is unable to find child care for his or her child. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2014.
  4. Passed 91 to 19 in the House on March 11, 2014, to require welfare recipients to perform community service if they are not already in a welfare-related work or training program, subject to many exceptions.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 25, 2014.

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