Caswell Bill To Identify Public Assistance Recipients Avoiding Felony Warrants Clears Senate
Friday, July 01, 2011
LANSING – The Michigan Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 522, a bill sponsored by Senator Bruce Caswell (R-Hillsdale) that will allow the Department of Human Services (DHS) more efficient and effective access to the Michigan State Police’s Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN). The legislation will allow DHS to determine if recipients of public assistance are subject to an outstanding felony warrant or extradition warrant by improving interactivity between the DHS and LEIN systems. The legislation will help law enforcement track down those fleeing warrants and save money by making sure they do not take advantage of programs intended for needy families.
“I applaud my colleagues for supporting this important, commonsense legislation that will help ensure that welfare benefits go to our citizens that truly need them, not criminals on the run from the law,” said Caswell. “This bill puts scofflaws on notice that they can no longer receive taxpayer-funded benefits while they evade warrants for their arrest.”
The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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