Hune bill requiring community service for welfare recipients awaits governor’s signature

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
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LANSING, Mich. — The House of Representatives passed Tuesday a bill to help ensure public assistance recipients give back to their communities, said sponsor Sen. Joe Hune.

“People benefiting from public assistance should do something to give back to the community that is providing them with a helping hand,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “There is nothing wrong with folks having a little skin in the game. I am glad that this common sense reform passed out of the House yesterday.

“I’m excited to hear that our House colleagues agreed very strongly that codifying this practice into law is good policy. This is one way to help individuals reach a level of self-sufficiency. By providing the opportunity to these individuals to perform community service it may open doors for future employment.”

Senate Bill 276 would codify into law that cash assistance recipients who are not exempt from the Partnership Accountability Training Hope (PATH) program have to participate in community service.

“This is the right public policy. I am extremely pleased this measure passed both chambers and that it is heading to the governor’s desk for his approval,” Hune said.

Senate Bill 276 passed the Senate in September. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.