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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 7, 2015 12:13 PM
From: Representative Mike Reese
To: All House members
Subject: Strengthening Cash Assistance
 
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that would amend the Public Welfare Code to strengthen the public assistance system in Pennsylvania.

Specifically, my bill would prohibit recipients of cash assistance from receiving cash through automated teller machines. Cash assistance benefits would only be provided at point-of-sale terminals when a recipient makes a legitimate purchase. The bill further limits purchases that can be made with cash assistance benefits and prohibits cash assistance benefits to be used to purchase tobacco products, beverages with alcoholic content, or lottery tickets or tickets for games of chance.

It has become apparent in recent years that there are too many leaks in the taxpayer dam with regard to public assistance benefits. With each passing day, more and more taxpayer dollars are being lost due to fraud and abuse. Every dollar wasted is a dollar that is not available to the families who truly need assistance. Now, more than ever, we must be vigilant in how we are using taxpayer dollars and ensuring these funds are directed to those who rightfully need assistance.

During the 2013-2014 legislative session, this bill was introduced as House Bill 800. The following members served as co-sponsors:

AUMENT, BARRAR , BENNINGHOFF , BLOOM, CAUSER , CLYMER , D. COSTA, CUTLER , DeLUCA , DENLINGER , DUNBAR, EVANKOVICH, EVERETT , FLECK , GABLER, GILLEN, GOODMAN, GROVE, HAHN, C. HARRIS , HESS , KAUFFMAN , KORTZ , KRIEGER, LAWRENCE, LONGIETTI , MACKENZIE, MAJOR , MARSHALL , MARSICO , METCALFE , MILLARD , R. MILLER , MOUL , O'NEILL , PICKETT , QUINN , REED , ROCK , SACCONE, SAYLOR , SIMMONS, STERN , SWANGER , TALLMAN, TOEPEL, TRUITT, WATSON , SCHLEGEL CULVER, FARRY, BURNS, TOOHIL and R. BROWN

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Introduced as HB1514