Welfare Recipients Discuss New Laws

Welfare Recipients Discuss New Laws

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Dozens of people walked through the doors of the Department of Human Resources in Prichard today. People like Jessica Curtis who has two Associate degrees and can only find part-time work.

"I bring home 800 dollars a much. If it weren't for this I wouldn't be able to feed my family and phone and gas and car insurance," said Curtis.

She believes people on assistance are often stereotyped, "There are people out there that are honestly trying and just can't find anything more than a part-time job that pays 7.25 an hour," she said.

And has no problem with the governor implementing stronger regulations, "It shows that you are trying to better yourself rather than just sitting on your butt and letting the government pay for everything you do."

The new laws include requiring applicants to apply for three jobs before receiving aid, prohibiting spending welfare benefits to be used at casinos, strip clubs and for alcohol, increasing penalties for welfare fraud, and drug testing for welfare applicants with a drug conviction in the last five years.

Tracy Rylee lives with her father on disability and says fraud is rampant.

"There is a lot of trouble makers and they try to take the system for whatever they can. I hear people selling them all the time. All the time and it's so easy to do it because people like us that's struggling we want that extra money," said Rylee.

Governor Bentley says the new laws are simply a preventative measure, "We need to make sure that the money given to them, tax payer money is used correctly."

Jailyn Williams says she agrees with the crackdown. "Because some people are just abusing it. They not even trying.and that leaves other people not having that really need it," she said.

The new drug testing law will take effect October 1st.
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