While some might find it a civic duty to help young ladies foot the bill "for medical school," one state senator has decided there needs to be tighter restrictions on what wel­fare cash cards are used for.

Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) has filed legisla­tion that would disallow the use of any welfare cash card cards in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Senate Bill 667 states no elec tronic benefit transfer card containing state or federal funds from pro­grams including, but not limited to, Temporary As­sistance for Needy Fami­lies (TANF) may be used in such establishments.

In filing the legislation, Standridge wants to en­sure the funds are used appropriately in helping needy families get back on their feet.

"The aim of programs like TANF is to provide ba­sic support for our families while the recipient finds a new job," Standridge said. "If these funds are wasted at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos, then the pro­grams can't achieve their purpose. Taxpayers should never subsidize this sort of destructive behavior." Standridge said for pro­grams such as TANF to work, government must ensure recipients are us­ing welfare under certain conditions. Using funds for alcohol, gambling and other destructive behav­iors is anti-productive and helps destroy families.

"The misuse and mis­management of welfare funds has a damaging impart on the families that need help the most," Standridge said. "It con­tributes to child neglect and the deterioration of the family. As lawmaker, we have a responsibility to prevent this from hap­pening."