February 04, 2014 at 4:54 PM, updated February 04, 2014 at 5:56 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The New York State Senate today voted to ban using cash from public assistance money to buy alcohol, tobacco products and lap dances.
The "Public Assistance Integrity Act," which passed 53-4, would prohibit people on welfare and other public help programs from using their "electronic benefits transfer" card at ATMs in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. It would also limit people from using cash obtained through public assistance to buy alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets.
AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.
On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.
The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.