Libous introduces bill to restrict spending of welfare checks

June 14, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The deputy majority leader of New York's Senate wants to prohibit welfare recipients from spending social services money on cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and lotteries.

Republican Sen. Thomas Libous is introducing his bill Thursday.

It would also prohibit recipients from using state benefits cards to make withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

Food stamps and other benefits can be tapped through the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

The Southern Tier senator says his bill would protect taxpayers while assuring needy families get the temporary public assistance they need.

The bill submitted with just days left in the session during an election year is expected to see little support in the Assembly's Democratic majority, which would have to pass it to become law.

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