Republican lawmakers in Michigan made headlines late last year with a proposal that would strip welfare payments from recipients who fail drug tests. That provision was ultimately implemented on a limited scale as a pilot program; however, recent reports show lawmakers are still considering ways to crack down on welfare abuse.
In a 26-12 vote this week, the state’s Republican-led Senate voted to advance a bill that would give a longstanding policy the enforcement power of a law. Under the proposed plan, students under the age of 16 who rack up too many unexcused absences could have any welfare checks sent to their family suspended.
Dependent children age 16 to 19 who are still enrolled in high school would potentially lose any individual assistance they receive from the state if they miss more than the allotted number of school days.