Bills hit stores taking Bridge Cards for alcohol

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. Legislation to crack down on stores that let people buy alcohol or lottery tickets with food assistance benefits is nearing final approval in Lansing.

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday is expected to pass bills to suspend or revoke the liquor or lottery sales licenses of stores that accept Bridge Cards for the purchase of alcohol or lottery tickets. The state-issued cards are debit cards carrying food assistance money.

The legislation already has won overwhelming approval in the House, and will go to Gov. Rick Snyder once passed by the Senate.

Businesses caught committing fraud would have their license suspended 30 to 60 days for the first offense, 61 to 120 days for the second offense and permanently for the third offense.

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