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Bill would force benefit recipients to prove their citizenship

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The Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives last week ap­proved a bill that would re­quire state res­id­ents to prove that they are in the United States law­fully be­fore re­ceiv­ing pub­lic be­ne­fits.

The June 21 vote was 157-34.

Loc­al law­makers who sup­por­ted the meas­ure were Reps. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.), Ed Neilson (D-169th dist.), Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.), Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.), Mike McGee­han (D-173rd dist.), John Sabat­ina Jr. (D-174th dist.) and John Taylor (R-177th dist.).

Area le­gis­lat­ors who voted against it were Reps. Larry Curry (D-154th dist.), Tony Payton (D-179th dist.) and Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.).

Rep. Dwight Evans (D-203rd dist.) did not vote.

The bill that passed was slightly dif­fer­ent from one passed earli­er by the Sen­ate, so it will have to go back to the Sen­ate for con­cur­rence.

The May 24 vote in the Sen­ate was 40-9. Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.) voted for the meas­ure. Sens. Tina Tartagli­one (D-2nd dist.) and Shir­ley Kit­chen (D-3rd dist.) voted against it.

The ACLU and Com­munity Leg­al Ser­vices are among the groups that op­pose the le­gis­la­tion. ••

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