Proposed bill would require community service to receive welfare benefits

Bill passed in Michigan Senate, heads to state House

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LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan state Senate passed a bill 27 to 9 that would include community service as a possible requirement in order to receive welfare benefits. Lawmakers also passed a bill that would deny unemployment benefits to people who refuse to take drug tests.

The community service bill would require people receiving food stamps or other welfare benefits to perform "volunteer" work in order to get the money. Currently, those applying for assistance through the Family Independence Program must be referred to PATH (Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope). The program works to determine why applicants are having trouble.

The drug testing bill (HB 4952) now moves to the House of Representatives. While the community service bill (SB276) moves to the House for consideration.

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