- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House of Representatives has given final passage to a bill aimed at stopping people from using welfare benefit cards at liquor stores, bars, tattoo parlors, psychic networks and strip clubs.

Representatives approved the bill Wednesday on an 80-22 vote. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley for his signature.

The federal government is requiring all states to have laws or regulations banning the use of electronic welfare benefit cards at liquor stores, casinos and bars.

The bill goes beyond that and expands the type of businesses that would be prohibited from taking the benefit cards.

Supporting legislators said welfare benefits should not be used at businesses that have nothing to do with maintaining a family during tough times. Opposed lawmakers questioned the need of the legislation.

Representatives also voted 70-30 for a bill that would require welfare applicants to put in three job applications when they sign up for benefits. The bill now returns to the Alabama Senate for senators to consider House changes to the bill.



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