Pa. House OKs bill to stop drug dealers from getting welfare benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives has passed legislation that would prevent people convicted of selling illegal drugs from receiving Pennsylvania welfare benefits.

House Bill 222 was sent to the Senate by a vote of 170-20.

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland), who said his experience as a U.S. Marshal enabled him to see first-hand how bad this type of welfare fraud is. He said it’s a cruel act that drains funding for those who truly need it.

Regan introduced his legislation in the 2013-14 session, but it did not get a committee vote before the session ended.

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