Senator wants to put 6-month hold on welfare for new Mainers

April 14, 2015 9:43 PM

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A Republican state senator is renewing an effort to require that Medicaid and welfare applicants live in Maine for at least six months before receiving benefits even though the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down similar restrictions in other states.

Sen. Eric Brakey, co-chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, said he believes Maine's welfare programs are too generous and attract people who have used up their benefits in other states. He acknowledged that his proposal would likely face a court challenge if approved but said it's a f...

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