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Mass. Senate unveils new welfare bill

Legislation aimed at curbing EBT abuse, encouraging employment

Welfare applicants would need to prove they have searched for employment before receiving cash benefits, under legislation that Senate leaders unveiled Monday morning.

The bill, which comes in the wake of widespread reports of fraud and abuse, would prod welfare seekers to find jobs through a state-run program before applying for benefits. That provision is designed to encourage unemployed people who would otherwise seek public assistance as a first option instead to test the job market.

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