Law setting new welfare limits nears passage
BATON ROUGE - State law will prohibit Louisiana's welfare recipients from spending their federal assistance at jewelry stores, lingerie shops, tattoo parlors and nail salons.
The House and Senate gave final passage Monday to a bill by Hammond Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Republican, that codifies rules that were put in place earlier this year by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
The new law also prohibits welfare money being spent on video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs and bars.
The restrictions cover the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program. Both programs pay cash assistance to low-income families for items like food, clothing and housing.
The bill heads next to the governor.