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2010 House Bill 5923: Require photo on welfare “bridge cards”
  1. Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) on March 4, 2010, to require the “bridge cards” issued to welfare recipients and food stamp recipients to have a recent photo of the recipient. “Bridge cards” are debit cards that have replaced both food stamps and cash welfare payments.
    • Referred to the House Families and Childrens Services Committee on March 4, 2010.


Re: 2010 House Bill 5923 (Require photo on welfare “bridge cards” )  by MGazzy on February 28, 2011 

It's not possible to pay for such things with a Bridge card unless the business rings it up in such a way. I live near Pontiac, and I've heard of businesses allowing the purchase of beer, cigarettes and other non-essential goods with it by scanning other UPCs. We need to crack down on businesses that allow this type of behaviour, just as we punish businesses for selling those things to minors or for hiring illegal immigrants. If stores do not allow people to use these cards inappropriately for fear of punishment, then the problem will fix itself (at least as fixed as it could become). 

Re: 2010 House Bill 5923 (Require photo on welfare “bridge cards” )  by watchingu on January 30, 2011 

 I would like to take it even farther;  as with the WIC (Women Infants & Children), allow only purchases of particular things necessary for basic needs.  Milk, bread, eggs, vegetables and fruit, some meats and seafoods.  Just heard of a girl at work, went on a date, the guy paid for the bowling and beer with his Bridge Card.  Just what I heard, don't know if this is possible, but we need to curb the abuse.   

Re: 2010 House Bill 5923 (Require photo on welfare “bridge cards” )  by marysunshine on January 30, 2011 

many disabled  people have thier   health  care aids  shop for them. this would require multi photos on 1 card. 


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