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North Carolina law would ban people who get welfare from playing lottery

By staff |
January 25, 2013
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Raleigh, NC – Republican state Representative Paul “Skip” Stam says he will introduce legislation that'll make it a crime for merchants to sell lottery tickets to people receiving public assistance or in bankruptcy.

In recent years, state legislatures have debated laws that would mandate drug testing for people on public assistance, that restrict where folks receiving welfare can spend money, and in the case of one proposed in Minnesota, would make outlaws out of poor people with cash.

This right-wing measure is one of many laws introduced across the U.S. in recent years that aim to blame poverty on the poor, and to pit the employed against the unemployed.