Colorado Bill Bans Welfare Cards At Strip Clubs

DENVER (AP) – A bill to ban the use of public assistance cards at strip club ATMs got initial approval from lawmakers but not before a light-hearted debate.

House Democrats offered several amendments to the Rep. Dan Pabon’s bill Monday, including naming the legislation “The Dan Pabon Valentine’s Day Strip Club Public Assistance Act of 2011.”

Another amendment said the law should not be in effect at any time at Rep. Mark Waller’s “place of residence.”

The cards, similar to ATM cards, give recipients access to food stamps and other public assistance.

The House approved the bill on second reading, without the amendments, and faces another vote before going to the Senate.

The law already prohibits people from using their public assistance cards at ATMs in casinos, racetracks, and liquor stores.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Nancy Wright

    I firmly believe if they are on the Assistance Program, use it for what they are intended for. Not to have us taxpayers pay for their entertainment, if they want entertainment, get a job!!!

    • Ghost

      Who said this is a problem? Where are the numbers that say this is even an issue?

    • Texasinfidel

      Come on now, they need to be able use the money there as business expenses, to earn their unreported income selling drugs at these establishments.

      Be reasonable people! LOL

    • Charlie

      I think the gov’t should send the taxpayers a card that they can use for entertainment & liquor….and the occasional lap dance!!!

      • Justin P. Cox

        Very true….we are simply encouraging entrepreneurship.

      • Brittany George

        So what they need to do is get cash from an “approved” ATM and then go to the strip club. LOL. This doesn’t solve the problem at all. :/

    • Connie

      Exactly. I read this article and had to laugh. It reminds me of the money cards given to people after Hurricane Katrina – used at gun shops, strip clubs, and all assortment of places not really necessary. I would have thought that some stop gaps would have been put into place BEFORE these things happened, not after.

    • casey mcconnaughy

      Here is how you fix the problem.

      • Justin P. Cox

        Agreed. It is not the governments place to provide for us.

      • Nicademus

        I’m with you!! NO MORE WELFARE.

    • steve

      typical democrat way of about this…let them use their card where ever they want,the race track, porn shops, strip joints,casino’s, or anywhere else that the card is not intended for use,track the individual down, and CUT THEM OFF!!! OF ANY,AND ALL,GOV. ASSISTANCE. ty

    • Jordan

      Who cares? It’s a waste of money either way. If your going to give away free money then YOU are the problem. At that point it doesn’t matter how it’s spent. At least the stripper is working for it.

    • Cistar

      Who said that these people on welfare don’t have jobs? Not everyone on welfare is jobless. Please don’t generalize all people, including people who actually need help, with a small minority of ignorant people. And last time I checked, people on welfare pay taxes too.

    • Cistar

      Who said that these people on welfare don’t have jobs? Not everyone on welfare is jobless. Please don’t generalize all people, including people who actually need help, with a small minority of ignorant people. And last time I checked, people on welfare pay taxes too.

      • tcallaway

        thanks.. obviously people don’t understand that just because you may have been approved for welfare does not mean you don’t pay taxes, have a job, or even have it easy. If they really want to be technical you can only be approved for so much money depending on what your income is. I think that these people sound very uneducated saying these things as if they are losing sleep because somebody else is recieving welfare.

  • Rainbow Mary

    If caught using card for unintended purposes they should be banned from getting any assistance of any kind. ENOUGH ALREADY!

    • Ghost

      Where are the numbers that say this is even an issue? I could create a bill to stop the sale of firearms to extraterrestrial chipmunks but it doesn’t make them real or a problem.

    • rixie

      I agree. While the worker bees have to plan and budget for their trips, liquor, and entertainment these yahoos just spend and play at will. When the entitled get these ATM cards they should sign that if they abuse them one time they are off the rolls permenently – forever….

    • borntobepolitical

      So why do any of them deserve a nickel of our money? If they have so much free time that they can go to a strip club or anywhere else, for that matter, then they should be working.

      • Thavia Solitaire

        You all assume that every person that uses assistance is not in need and lazy. There are a number of college students that are on welfare to help provide since they can not work or can not work full time. Better education, theoretically, equals better jobs and a better economy. There are a few bad apples but they are not the only ones in the basket.

      • tcallaway

        you would be paying taxes reguarless.. the government uses the money for alot of things including building weapons to go overseas and bomb other countries killing innocent people. So don’t make it seem like that the fact that your money is going somewhere else to help somebody in YOUR country is bad.. when part of it is going to another country to KILL innocent people.

    • Kim Estrada

      No they shouldn’t. They should enjoy their lives. Sorry you don’t enjoy life. I do.

      • ccb

        Kim Estrada is a moron. All of her money should go to the “poor” so they can “enjoy life”.

      • borntobepolitical

        Enjoy? What, I have to work 16 hour days and 6 days a week, pay $60,000.00 a year in income tax, $10,000.00 in property tax who know how much in sales tax, gas tax etc, etc…. so some bum can “enjoy” their lives. Maybe you are willing to subsidize some lazy leach, I am not, that is unless you are one of them.

      • David Needham

        I don’t have time to enjoy my life because I’m busy working so I can pay taxes that pay you to…

      • Nick

        Kim Estrada is probably one of those welfare brood mothers. She probably has a dozen kids so she can leach off the rest of us without having to work. This is your democrat party.

      • Doug

        Right. A dozen kids by 10 different fathers. The mother of a future crime wave.

      • past_lights_out

        You are so right Kim. The negative replies are from people who think that there is dignity in paying for their own stuff. Everyone should enjoy the freedom of living off of Obama’s stash.

  • porchhound

    Where is the LOVE!!!!

    • Justin P. Cox

      I would love it many of them would choose to work.

    • FedUp

      you are a moron

      • Prdparent

        Lighten up Francis!

  • PsychoLoco

    Does Colorado State Representative Mark Waller want people using public assistance ATM cards at his place of residence for any type of transaction, or does he just want people paying the strippers at his house with public assistance ATM cards?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      It’s a joke son, don’tcha get it? PsychoLoco made a funny, and you ain’t laughing!

    • Kim Estrada

      Mr. Waller helps people enjoy life. Sorry about you. His wife supports him why can’t you?

      • FanofEstrada'sSacrcasm

        Kim Estrada is funny

  • Ross R

    Impeach Obama because of the things that his predecessors did…. Only 1 of your violations (all of which are accurate, btw) started during Obama’s presidency.

    • Ann Archy

      How does it feel to be does in that bunker?

      Barry Soetoro has continued and escalated the 2 illegal wars. More soldiers in Afghanistan and more private contractors in Iraq.

      The torture goes on at the black site prisons.

      The invasion of of personal lives has increased and they have more coming.

      These degenerates want to force you to buy health insurance, probably a mandatory Chevy isn’t far off.

      You are a typical delusional statist that thinks giving your team the weapons, power and money is the right thing to do.

      Ipso Facto … you are a cult member.

    • RetiredArmyRanger

      When it started does not absolve the President from putting a stop to it when he was elected. If you accept it and don’t fix it then you bought it.

      • Jim

        @RetiredArmyRanger – first accepting that you are a Retired Army Ranger, thank you for your service to your country. I try to say that to anyone in uniform I see.

        Second, I suppose I’m a liberal, but agree this needs to be stopped. Having said that, however, no one can fix everything at once. So I’m skeptical of blaming Obama for not stopping it sooner. And thanks again for your service.

  • ragu4u

    A person needs what a person needs to get by. For some, it’s a nice rack of lamb. For others, just a nice rack.

    • tony V


    • idiotmitten

      This is the BEST response to this asinine story. HEY, folks, money is fungible.

    • Paco

      And don’t forget, it stimulates the economy too!!

      • didgeridoo

        Paco, if it doesn’t stimulate the economy I am sure it will stimulate another thing!

  • TallBaldDude

    Hey strippers need money too. This is just the way poeple on assistance help stimulate…….the economy. Now they are going to have to go down the street and get the money from the bank’s ATM. How discriminitory!

    • borntobepolitical

      Wrong kind of stimulus, I think we are talking about stimulating the economy not, well you know what I am talking about.

  • Grapost

    DUH! It took them all this time to do this. Why wasn’t it done in the first place? I guess it will be another 20 years before they get around to making sure they can;t be used to pay for “escort” services on the internat.


    The problem is not that the cards are being used at strip clubs. The problem is that the cards exist. Because they exist, the gov’t now feels empowered to tell another group of people what they can and cannot do. Which is why they exist in the first place. Not to ‘help’ someone in need, but to control (eventually) everyone. This is just another nail in the coffin: FREEDOM: RIP

    • past_lights_out

      They already tell me that half my workday belongs to them.

  • Ross R

    Seems to me that it would be better to avoid these idiotic easy to get around laws, and just change how we deal with our poor in this country. We should improve their ability to support themselves, rather than just throw money at them. All this law will do is make it less convenient for people to use welfare to pay for things at strip clubs. They simply have to get the money from a separate ATM. And don’t get me started on food stamps and how they support people eating poorly….

    • nygrump

      You are right – the supermarkets are full of aisles of pseudo-food – but the corporations would engineer a coup if Congress tried to ban sugary foods from foodstamp recipients.

  • Lee Reynolds

    How about a bill to do away with welfare cards?

    When good people who work for a living are forced by the state to pay the bills of useless idiots who don’t work, everyone suffers.

    • borntobepolitical

      Now there is a novel idea! It’s a shame they don’t ask you. I guess that you are just to filled with hate for disallowing their pursuit of happiness.

  • Bill Gates

    Hi wats up this is the funnest thing ever man!


    Ross R, are you kidding the Liberal Democrats need those votes. They have spent 50 yrs developing this system of govt dependent citizens.

  • colonelbob

    It is time to bring back public shame on the recipients of public welfare. We have made it too easy and too invisible. Let the welfare people get on the bus and report to the welfare office, stand in line and be inconvenienced like those of us who have to go to work everyday.

    • past_lights_out

      What is more shameful than spending your medical marijuana money in a stripclub

  • denverVet

    You are kidding right? What the heck is a person on welfare doing spending my money in a strip club! Jerks.

  • DJH

    So let me get this straight – something that should have been considered originally and is common sense to MOST AMERICANS was meant with jokes and pokes by CO Dems offering ammendments with the sole intention of embarrassing the persoin offering the legislation?
    And the people of CO keep voting for these morons when they clearly don’t take the state of your State seriously????


    • Disgusted

      What bothers me more than the atm’s being used at strip clubs is that amendments like this were offered . Keep on fiddling legislators, states are broke and the federal deficit is now at 100% of GDP. It is real funny isn’t it?

      This kind of attitude is why gov’t budgets grow more every year, they just don’t take it seriously.

  • Brian

    I’m in the military. If I have to take a drug test to work my butt off, then people should have to take a drug test to get welfare.

    • Thavia Solitaire

      I definitely agree with that.

    • John

      Amen to that !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Needham

      Thank you for your service, Brian. And I whole heartedly agree!

    • beserious

      whatever! if you test positive for drus the most they do is bust your rank and maybe even switch your job, you still stay gainfully employed. drug test or not uncle sam is not letting you go… be serious…

  • jnsesq

    This is 45 years of liberalism. Howzat workin’ for ya, he asked, looking at America’s once-great cities.

    Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients, be it housing, AFDC, whatever. You want public money? Behave responsibly. No more “convenient” money transfers. I have to work to earn a livng. Let these stay-at-homes get off the couch to go get what so many of them call their “paycheck.”

    Idleness should be neither rewarded nor encouraged. I am one who is tired of paying for two.

  • Jeffy

    Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you can’t serve your country. For example, you could stop reproducing. That would be a good first step in reducing your burden on society.

  • Skep41

    Lighten up puritans! Being on welfare is stressful and demeaning. What lifts a depressed and demeaned guy’s spirits more than a good lap dance? It does more good than any phony federal job training program, that’s for sure! The fact of the matter is that the money is paid out already and having the Nanny State telling these hopeless benefit slaves how to spend it isnt going to do anybody any good. Welfare has always been a swindle; maybe a quarter of the people who get it are truly unable to take care of themselves. If you vote for any Democrat for any office you’re saying handing out free money to all and sundry is OK with you. Dont take out your frustration from being overtaxed and abused by the liberals you vote for by punishing the hapless boobs who are enslaved by the Compassionate Ones and the lap-dancers who love them.

    • Elisha

      Well said. Once you give your tax money to the Government, It is no longer yours. Maybe you should vote into office people that take less of your money instead of unrealistically thinking that you still own it. Who knows, maybe someone goes to the strip club and gets your daughters through college.

  • wayne

    And tell me how this will prevent the problem?

  • J Ruben Kincaid

    Get rid of the cards completely and give them something that when they use it, its apparent to everyone around that its welfare. There should be a stigma attached to public assistance.

  • Phil

    Do you really think you cna control the use of the free money? That’s really funny.

  • Bunga Bunga

    Dancers gotta eat too. How will they get their tips?

  • tea party vik

    Why simply ban it?!?! Make it clear that if you use it for non essentials then we know you dont need it and it will be cut off immediately.

    • WelfareHornDog

      But I NEED a lap dance!

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