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OKLAHOMA CITY—The Oklahoma State Senate has approved a bill that prohibits the use of welfare cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos.

Officials say Senate Bill 667 helps ensure public assistance is being used to support families and children who need it most.

“If the funding distributed through programs like TANF is not being used to support families in need, then it is not serving its purpose,” Sen. Rob Standridge said. “Additionally, if those funds are being used to subsidize harmful behaviors, they can compound the problems faced by struggling families. These programs have the potential to provide a critical safety net for those in need but only if there are reasonable restrictions for the use of the funding.”

The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate and will now head to the House for further consideration.