New Mich. law allows prisoners to participate in food stamp program

Michigan has a new law making it illegal for prison inmates to participate in the state's food stamp program.

The state says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed a bill last Thursday making it illegal for prisoners to get Bridge Cards, a type of debit card that Michigan uses to provide food assistance.

The law also requires the ending of Bridge Card access to imprisoned people who've previously been issued one.

The law requires the state Department of Human Services to perform a monthly incarceration match to help determine Bridge Card eligibility. Calley says that codifies policies already in place within the department.

The state says Calley also signed a law eliminating the current maximum number of axles on trailers more than 50 feet long.

Published: Mon, Jul 9, 2012