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HARRISBURG, July 10, 2017 — The Pennsylvania Senate approved a welfare reform bill (“SB 6”) this afternoon intended to deter fraud and preserve government benefits for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and the working poor. Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) co-sponsored SB 6 and issued the following statement after its passage:

“Public benefits are a public trust and should be preserved for people most in need and who comply with the law,” said Senator Yudichak. “Suspending benefits for a decade after multiple drug convictions is a reasonable measure to deter illegal conduct and demand compliance with the law.”

“Pennsylvania will always provide for our underprivileged citizens, but we will never hesitate to reform a system that too often is exploited by some for their own personal benefit,” he said.