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      Bridge Card holders banned from ATM use at liquor stores, strip clubs and horse tracks

      Governor Snyder signed six bills to help reduce welfare fraud.

      Governor Snyder signed six bills to help reduce welfare fraud.

      The six-bill package bans cash withdrawals through ATMs at horse racing tracks and places a provision on a liquor store??s liquor license to prohibit the use of a Bridge Card at the point of sale. Under this change a liquor license would be revoked if a liquor store does not comply with the policy. Bridge Cards will still be accepted at grocery stores.

      Two of the bills are sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, who also sponsored legislation last year that banned cash withdrawals from Bridge Cards in casinos.

      ??This is a positive step in the right direction to making sure Bridge Cards are being used for their intended purpose??providing the basic necessities to get by,?? said Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

      ??I challenge anyone to argue that lap dances and trips to the race track are basic necessities,??Jones said.

      SB 434 , sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, requires a credit union that operates ATMs in a casino, liquor store, or ??adult entertainment establishment?? to ensure it does not allow a person to use a Bridge Card to withdraw cash. It is now PA 193.

      SB 556 , also sponsored by Jones, requires state agencies to work with ATM suppliers to stop a Bridge Cards from being used to withdraw cash in a liquor store or ??adult entertainment establishment.?? It is now PA 194.

      HB 4858 , sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O'Brien, requires a bank that operates ATMs in a casino, liquor store, or ??adult entertainment establishment?? to ensure it does not allow a person to use a Bridge Card to withdraw cash. It is now PA 195.

      HB 4859 , also sponsored by O'Brien, requires a savings bank that operates ATMs in a casino, liquor store, or ??adult entertainment establishment?? to work with state agencies to ensure it does not allow a person to use a Bridge Card to withdraw cash. It is now PA 196.

      HB 5014 , sponsored by state Rep. Dale Zorn, requires liquor stores to work with state agencies to find a way to stop Bridge Cards from being used to withdraw cash from in-store ATMs. It is now PA 197.

      HB 5015 , also sponsored by Zorn, requires state agencies to work with ATM suppliers to establish a way to stop Bridge Cards from being used to withdraw cash at a horse racing track. It is now PA 198.

      Under a 2012 federal law, states that don't restrict welfare recipients' ability to conduct electronic transfers at liquor stores, casinos or adult entertainment establishments could lose up to 5 percent of their federal welfare funding.

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