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Arizona House to restrict use of welfare benefits

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill that prohibits the use of welfare benefits at liquor, gambling and adult entertainment businesses.

The GOP-led House unanimously passed the bill Tuesday without debate.

Welfare recipients are issued their benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, cards. They can be used like debit cards to buy things or to withdraw cash from ATMs. House Bill 2205 says the cards can't be used at certain adult orientated businesses.

Under the proposed law, the cards can still be used at grocery stores located in the same building as a casino.

The Senate passed the bill in a 26-1 vote in April.

Arizona is among a growing number of states that are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, gambling and strippers.

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