AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would place a nine month limit on general assistance benefits.
It voted 24 to 11 in favor of the bill today.
The Republican sponsored bill would cut off benefits after nine months for people who don’t have children and are capable of working.
They’d also be ineligible to receive more municipal welfare for five years.
Democrats say the move would devastate those who have nowhere else to turn in an emergency, but Assistant Republican Leader Andre Cushing said general assistance should be a “lifeline and not a hammock”.