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Is welfare lottery ban a solution?

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 12:55:15-05

RALEIGH, N.C.(WTVR)—A proposed law isn’t sitting well with those on welfare, or with convenience store clerks.

North Carolina lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would ban individuals on welfare, or who declared bankruptcy, from buying lottery tickets.

The lawmaker, Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, told the Raleigh News and Observer that although it might be difficult for store clerks to discern this information, there will be situations where it is obvious. For instance Rep. Stam said that if a customer pays for groceries with food stamps, they shouldn’t be allowed to purchase lottery tickets.

The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said that  new lottery laws will not help those on government assistance.

“The NAACP, we didn’t agree with the lottery to start with. Rather than Mr. Stam having a side argument, ask him to stop blocking labor rights for poor people and working people. Ask him to have a real conversation about real wage,” Rev. William Barber said to WTVD. 

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