No Bridge Cards in gentlemen’s clubs or liquor stores

LANSING -Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, announced on Monday that he will be introducing a bill to stop the use of Bridge Cards in gentlemen's clubs and liquor stores. Last session, Jones sponsored legislation banning Bridge Cards from being used in casinos.

"Recently, I was advised and shocked to learn that Bridge Cards could be used in gentlemen's clubs and liquor stores," Jones said. "It is an obscene use of tax dollars meant to feed hungry children and provide the necessities of life. Booze and strip clubs need to be off limits to welfare money."

A new federal law requires each state to prevent access to electronic benefit transfer transactions at ATMs located in casinos, gaming establishments, liquor stores, or any establishment that provides adult-orientated entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment. Jones' legislation will bring the state into compliance to prevent a federal fine. The Michigan Department of Human Services is in support of coming into compliance.