Residency Requirements Bill 28 Mar 12

A bill requiring longer residency in the state before someone can collect public assistance passed the Minnesota Senate yesterday (Tuesday).

Republican State Senator Scott Newman of Hutchinson says the bill will change the length of time a person needs to have established residency in Minnesota before they are eligible to begin collecting public assistance welfare from the state. The bill, SF 1835, would change the residency requirement to receive Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and General Assistance (GA) from 30 days to 60 days.

Senator Newman says in general, the Repulican caucus likes the bill because he says Minnesota is becoming a magnet state for people from other states to obtain benefits and this would allow Minnesotan’s to be served, rather than residents coming in from other states.