Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013
Sen. Rob Standridge
Committee clears legislation banning use of welfare cash
cards in strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today gave unanimous
approval to legislation that would ban the use of welfare cash cards
at strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores.
Senate Bill 667, authored by Sen.
Rob Standridge, would ensure that funds provided through programs
like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are used to
provide meaningful help for families who need it most.
“Programs like TANF work best when the government establishes
meaningful guidelines to ensure the funds are used to support families
in need,” said Standridge, R-Norman. “If the government
doesn’t establish those guidelines, welfare funds may subsidize
harmful behaviors. This can have disastrous consequences for families,
taking food from the table and furthering their need for assistance.”
Standridge said that by attaching common sense requirements to programs
like TANF, they can serve as an effective safety net.
“Requirements like this help direct public assistance to where
it is most needed, while discouraging destructive behavior,”
Standridge said. “I’m pleased this legislation has advanced
and I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535