News of a proposed welfare lottery ban in North Carolina is not going over very well on Friday, Jan. 25. Discussions on Twitter today appear to have tweeters split about the news, with some believing it to be a good thing, while others disagree, believing it is just another way for the government to take away another right from United States citizens. The Christian Post reported that the new ban seeks to prohibit welfare recipients, and people in bankruptcy from playing the lottery.
In the state of North Carolina, there are a reported 1.7 million people reported to be currently receiving food stamps, according to ABC News, and all would be banned from taking part in the state lottery if the proposals are passed.
Rep. Paul Stam has said, "We're giving them welfare to help them live, and yet by selling them a ticket, we're taking away their money that is there to provide them the barest of necessities," according to the News Record.
The ban has been talked about for months by lawmakers, but it is now beginning to gain some more supporters. However, there is still strong opposition from some groups, and others are also worried about how the state lottery ban would be enforced.
Proposals seek to ban lottery ticket venders from selling the lottery tickets if they "knowingly" are selling a lottery ticket to someone on welfare. So the lawmakers are hoping that cashiers and sellers would be able to recognize locals who use food stamps, and therefore should refuse to sell lottery tickets to those people.
The lottery ban controversy claims that venders feel that they should not be expected to monitor a person's financial situation, and many have stated that they do not feel comfortable in doing so. Do agree, or do you feel such a ban should be put in place?