Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pennsylvania "WelFAIR" Legislation Update

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved three bills on Tuesday from the WelFAIR (Fairness, Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility) initiative.

House Bill 960 would cross reference welfare applicants through 19 different databases to confirm eligibility. This system is already implemented in Pennsylvania and HB960 is a formality codifying it into law.

House Bill 1251 would increase penalties for welfare fraud and remove such cases from small claims court.

House Bill 1261 would prevent welfare applicants from “benefit shopping” in other counties by providing them with benefits based on their county of permanent residence.

The three bills now head to the Senate for consideration. The other five bills in the WelFAIR package are still under consideration in the House. We will continue to provide more information on the status of the WelFAIR bills as it becomes available.

To learn more about these bills, how they would affect low-income Pennsylvania families, and how you can make your voice and the voice of your clients heard in the legislative process, please join us for an advocates' briefing call.

WHEN: Friday, April 15, from 11:00 am to noon.
NUMBER: 1-877-567-1262
PASSWORD: 311493

If you plan on joining the call, please RSVP to Michael at mfroehlich@clsphila.org.

Conference Call Sponsored by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

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