New law makes it easier to catch criminals, prevent them from receiving welfare benefits
Criminals with outstanding felony warrants will not be able to collect welfare benefits thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today, according to a news release.
It is already illegal for anyone with a felony warrant to collect welfare benefits, but the state does not currently have a good system in place to ensure it does not happen. This change will also make it easier for police to track down and apprehend those with felony warrants who try to collect welfare benefits, the release said.
House Bill 4721 and Senate Bill 522, sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead and state Sen. Bruce Caswell, require the state to develop an automated system that will facilitate information sharing between the Department of Human Services and the Michigan State Police. The department will then be able to cross-check the names of people receiving public assistance against a database of outstanding felony warrants in order to make sure only those who are eligible are able to receive public assistance.