Lawmakers place more restrictions on TANF program

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-28 22:32:11-04

Today, the Department of Social Services announced that come Monday, Virginians can no longer use welfare money to buy certain items.

Lawmakers amended a part of the law restricting the use of the electronic benefit cards in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The cards may not be used to buy lotto tickets, alcohol, tobacco or bingo games.

The Commonwealth says people getting benefits should be focused on getting a job and in a better financial situation.