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      New law makes sure dead people aren't on the welfare rolls

      A new law is making sure the state double checks to make sure welfare recipients haven't died or gone to prison.

      A new law is making sure the state double checks to make sure welfare recipients haven't died or gone to prison.

      Governor Snyder signed Public Act 41 of 2013 into law Wednesday.

      The Department of Human Services already has policies in place to deactivate the Bridge Cards of prisoners and people found in the U.S. Social Security Death Index, but the new law ensures the state would perform a monthly match of records.

      The bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw, says the law will prevent welfare fraud.

      ??As a state we must always look at ways to be more efficient with taxpayer dollars, and nobody wins when welfare funding is being misused,?? said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township. ??Making sure deceased individuals don??t get issued Bridge Cards is a common-sense way to reduce fraud and safeguard welfare dollars for those who truly need it.??

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