House Approves Wilt’s Bill Restricting Public Assistance Purchases

Posted: January 26, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A bill that places restrictions on purchases by those receiving temporary federal benefits unanimously passed the House of Delegates on Friday.
Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, sponsored the legislation, which prevents people obtaining Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits from buying such items as alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos and piercings.
The bill passed 98-0.
“I think we all can agree that purchasing the goods and services contained within this bill are not a proper use of public assistance,” Wilt said in a press release.
TANF is a federal program providing monthly funds to needy families with children for up to five years.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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