Sen. Jones: No bridge cards in casinos on my watch

Sen. Jones: No bridge cards in casinos on my watch

LANSING¬–Legislation that would prohibit bridge card users from making cash withdrawals at casinos had cleared the Legislature and is on the way to the governor, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Jones’ measure, Senate Bill 109, complements the pledge made by Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan to stop Bridge Card abuse in the state.

“Cash assistance should be temporary and only for basic needs- not blackjack and booze,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “My measure is one of many that have been passed by the Legislature that will ensure assistance goes only to those who truly need it, not those who want to gamble away taxpayers’ hard earned money.”

According to DHS, more than $87,000 was withdrawn from Detroit’s Motor City Casino ATMs using Bridge Cards between July 2009 and July 2010.

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