At a glance: Oklahoma bills targeting welfare programs

Oklahoman Published: March 4, 2013
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• Senate Bill 673, by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman: Denies TANF benefits to anyone convicted of felony drug possession until after they have completed a drug treatment program.

• Senate Bill 667, by Standridge: Prohibits the use of food stamp benefit cards at liquor stores, casinos or adult-entertainment venues.

• Senate Bill 887, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City: Prohibits the transfer of any food stamp benefits to an unauthorized person and increases the penalty to five years in prison for certain types of food stamp fraud.

• Senate Bill 959, by Standridge: Requires police, when arresting a person for any drug-related offense, to ask the offender if they are currently receiving public assistance, and directs law enforcement to collect the responses to those questions and provide them to the Legislature.

Associated Press