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Lansing Measure Lets Service Be a Requirement for Welfare

Mar 12, 2014

Legislation nearing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk would let community service be a requirement to receive welfare benefits. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Senator Joe Hune of Livingston County's Hamburg Township. 

State Senator Joe Hune, (R) Hamburg Township in Livingston County
Credit senatorjoehune.com
The state Human Services Department already includes community service among the work participation programs it can require for cash assistance recipients. A bill approved 91-19 Tuesday by Republican-led House would codify the practice into law.

The Republican-controlled Senate previously approved the bill and is expected to send it to Snyder on Wednesday.

Other ways welfare recipients can qualify for aid with the goal of becoming self-sufficient are paid employment, on-the-job training, job searches, educational activities and unpaid work assignments.

Online:        Senate Bill 276: http://1.usa.gov/1cRMBy6