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Bill Bans Welfare ATM Use In Liquor Stores, Strip Clubs, Race Track

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Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) – The Michigan Senate has signed off on a bill that will limit bridge card abuse. Previously, cash withdrawals out of ATMs from bridge cards were banned in casinos. Now the legislation will also include gentleman's clubs, liquor stores and the race track.

If liquor stores do not abide by the new law, their license can be taken away.

"This is common sense legislation. Bridge Cards should be temporary and should only be used to buy basic necessities," said Senator Rick Jones, (R) Grand Ledge.

Necessities do not include lap dances, liquor and trips to the race track, says Jones.

A bill passed in 2012 says that states must follow the guidelines in order to receive TANF grants (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,) which includes EBT (Bridge Cards.) If a state does not follow guidelines, 5 percent of grants will be deducted beginning in 2014. That could mean the state loses roughly $40 million.

A nonpartisan fiscal analysis estimates it could cost the state at least $120,000 a year to block cash withdrawals from certain ATMs.

The decision now heads to the House.

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