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GOP lawmakers roll out welfare reform proposals in Normal

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:58:58 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Republican lawmakers have unveiled a welfare reform package of legislation they hope would reduce fraud. They want to make sure those using LINK cards have photos on the cards used to buy food. Another measure would bar Temporary Assistance to Needy Families money from being used to buy lottery tickets, alcohol, firearms, and other specific goods or services. They do not specify an enforcement mechanism. State Representative Dan Brady acknowledges it will be difficult to get these measures through the Democratic party controlled chamber.

Proponents are unsure of the potential cost savings on the ID provision or the cost to implement it. Some research has already been commissioned to find out the potential financial impacts. House Republican Leader Tom Cross said during a stop in Normal that even though similar measures have stalled in the past, partisan control of the General Assembly may not be a barrier to passage forever.

A third bill seeks to specifically ban those in state prisons or those with outstanding warrants from receiving public aid. 4.7 million Illinoisans receive some sort of government assistance, more than a third of the population.

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