- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new state rule implemented by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration bars welfare recipients from using their cash assistance cards at gambling establishments, liquor stores and strip clubs.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/oTJ5sQ) reports that the rule took effect when it was published March 31 by the state Human Services Department.

The state House during the 2013 session approved a bill with the same restrictions on cash assistance cards, but the legislation died without a Senate vote.

Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott says the administration decided to enact a rule rather than again seek legislation.

A 2012 federal law requires states to act to prevent the use of welfare cash assistance cards at gambling establishments, liquor stores and strip clubs or face a loss of some federal welfare dollars.