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House Approves Reed Welfare Reform Bil: Legislation would prohibit the use of welfare and child support to purchase alcohol -- The House Wednesday approved a welfare reform bill sponsored by Rep.

Dave Reed, R-Indiana, that would prohibit the use of welfare and child support payments to purchase alcohol.(Originally published Thursday, May 7, 2009)``Welfare dollars should not be used to purchase alcohol,'' Reed said.

``We always have to remember, one person's welfare dollar started out as another person's tax dollar.

That taxpayer deserves to know that they didn't go to work and pay their taxes so that a welfare recipient could go out and buy a bottle of alcohol.''The bill passed 196-0.Reed's legislation - House Bill 74 - would prevent state liquor stores and beer distributorships from accepting electronic benefit cards (EBTs), which are part of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's (DPW) cash assistance and food stamp programs.Reed announced the result of the vote in real time on his social-network page on Facebook.com.

Constituents responded with expressions of support.

Many were incredulous that the use of public-assistance cards for the purchase of alcohol already was not prohibited.``Every welfare dollar that is used to purchase alcohol is another dollar that isn't available to help someone truly in need,'' Reed said.

``Welfare programs should be aimed at providing basic necessities, such as food and clothing, for people who are down on their luck.

It shouldn't be a taxpayer subsidy to pay for a welfare recipient's drinking habit.''``Way to go Dave.....I didn't realize that was an option!!!'' a Facebook user named Nicole told Reed.

Another, Kurt, keyed in, ``Congrats, I'm amazed that was allowed in the first place!''``It becomes a sad day when the government is forced to legislate common sense,'' declared another using the name Splazz.Reed told the Gazette that he wrote the legislation after social-services workers alerted him to the loophole.

He consulted with the Liquor Control Board to assure that HB 74 has effective wording.In addition, Reed's bill would prohibit the acceptance of EPPICards - debit cards issued in lieu of child support payments by the domestic relation sections of county courts of common pleas - from being used to purchase alcohol.``Since children aren't old enough to consume alcohol, there's absolutely no reason why child support payments should be used to purchase booze,'' Reed said.

``That money is supposed to be used to benefit the child.

The parent making the payments deserves to know that the money is being used to feed and clothe their child - not for a six pack of beer for the other parent.''A Facebook user named Christy asked Reed to take the control further.``I am glad it passed.

There is no reason assistance or child support should be used for that.

That is ridiculous,'' Christy wrote.

``You should work on passing a bill that would make it mandatory for someone receiving assistance to submit a drug test.''Reed's bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.``I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take swift action to pass this bill,'' Reed said.

``Pennsylvania taxpayers and child support payers deserve to know their dollars are being used for their intended purposes.

This is a common sense bill to protect taxpayers and children.''Reed said he hasn't heard opinions on the bill from senators or from the governor's office, but noted that Rep.

Robert C.

Donatucci, D-Delaware and Philadelphia counties, the chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, helped to advance the bill.H€

http://online.indianagazette.com/articles/2009/05/08/news/indiana_county/10015286.txt
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