Senate agrees on new restrictions for welfare recipients
BATON ROUGE - Senators agreed to put new limits on Louisiana's welfare recipients in state law, prohibiting them from spending the federal aid at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores.
Prohibited from taking welfare debit cards would be video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs and bars, under the bill by Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond.
"The Department of Children and Family Services already has these rules. We're just codifying them into statute," said Sen. Dale Erdey, R-Livingston, who handled the bill in the Senate.
The Senate voted 37-0 for the measure, sending it back to the House for consideration of Senate changes.
The restrictions would 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.