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Three bills up for consideration in House for welfare reform

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Senate bills 114, 115, and 116 will be in the house committee soon where the bill's sponsor expects they will soon become law. Senate bills 114, 115, and 116 will be in the house committee soon where the bill's sponsor expects they will soon become law.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Alabama State Senate passed three bills aimed totighten welfare laws. Senate bills 114, 115, and 116 will be in the housecommittee soon where the bill's sponsor expects they will soon become law.

Senator Arthur Orr said the premise of the bill wasn't to be meanspirited or punish those that have particular needs, or fallen on hard times.It is to hold them accountable if they are getting benefits to make sure theyare being used the right way.

Senate bill 114 aims to crack down on fraud regardingpublic benefits. "We only have so much money to help those in need, and thosethat want to take an excessive share and defraud the system so they can begreedy, they really need to be cracked down on and be sent to prison," saidSenator Arthur Orr.

Orr said the bill would provide prosecutors with more toolsto bring cases against those who abuse the system. He also said senate bill 115is set to help people from turning a public safety net into a public hammock,by requiring individuals submit at least three job searches, or put in threeapplications before applying for any SNAP or other welfare benefits.

"The premise there is if you want help from the taxpayers, that's fine we are willing to help, but at least go out and look for ajob before you come to the tax payers looking for help," said Orr.

The last bill on the board is senate bill 116, which isfocused around making sure those who receive welfare benefits use it for itsintended purpose. Orr said it will be hard to police, but it's a chance he'swilling to take.

"The tax payers don't want to see that money spent onliquor, cigarettes, and other type items," continued Orr. "They want it spentresponsibly on the family and needs of the family."

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