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      House passes legislation that lets service be a requirement for welfare

      Legislation nearing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's desk would let community service be a requirement to receive welfare benefits.

      The state Human Services Department already includes community service among the work participation programs it can require for cash assistance recipients. A bill approved 91-19 Tuesday by Republican-led House would codify the practice into law.

      The Republican-controlled Senate previously approved the bill and is expected to send it to Snyder on Wednesday.

      Other ways welfare recipients can qualify for aid with the goal of becoming self-sufficient are paid employment, on-the-job training, job searches, educational activities and unpaid work assignments.

      The legislation is sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Hune of Livingston County's Hamburg Township.