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Massachusetts Senate delays vote on welfare bill

June 19, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is delaying a vote on a compromise welfare overhaul bill.

Senate Republicans pushed for the weeklong delay Thursday, noting the bill’s final language wasn’t released until late Wednesday.

They said they needed more time to review the legislation.

The bill would revive a state program first established in 1995 designed to help place welfare recipients in full-time work and require the Department of Transitional Assistance to assign specialists to help high-risk recipients.

The bill also includes a program to help recipients save money for first, last and security rent payments and education while stiffening penalties for store owners who knowingly allow the purchase of prohibited products or services with electronic benefits transfer cards.

It would also require welfare officials share information with police and the courts about recipients who have felony warrants.

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