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New law bans Virginians from using welfare on alcohol, tobacco, strippers

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginians can no longer spend welfare money at strip clubs, ABC stores, casinos or tattoo parlors starting July 1.

A new law goes into effect July 1 that adds new restrictions to Virginia Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) electronic transactions, formerly known as welfare.

The TANF cards can not be used to buy lottery tickets, alcohol, tobacco or sexually explicit materials under the new law. They also can't use the cards in ABC stores, tattoo or body-piercing businesses, any businesses that provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers appear at least partially nude, or in places in which wagering or gaming takes place.

Click here for more info on the program and changes: www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/tanf.

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