The proposal (House Bill 1176) by Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, would codify restrictions recently enacted by the state social services department in emergency rules.
Among the provisions, welfare recipients would be banned from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores. Prohibited from taking welfare debit cards would be video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs and bars.
The restrictions would cover the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program. Both programs pay cash assistance to low-income families for items like food, clothing and housing.
Here’s how local representatives voted:
For: Gordy Dove, R-Houma; Truck Gisclair, D-Larose; Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville; and Lenar Whitney, R-Houma.
Absent: Dee Richard, a Thibodaux independent.
The bill moves to the Senate for debate.