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New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal 'family cap' welfare law

Added 09-26-20 11:57:01am EST - “New Jersey is on the brink of scrapping a controversial state law barring families receiving welfare from getting a larger stipend if the mother gives birth while receiving government benefits.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to formally repeal 'family cap' welfare law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New Jersey is on the brink of scrapping a controversial state law barring families receiving welfare from getting a larger stipend if the mother gives birth while receiving government benefits.

Lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature this week passed a bill informally known as the family cap law, which original sponsors intended as a disincentive for women on welfare from having more children. The bill repealing the law now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) desk.

Murphy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding his intentions.

Should it become law, the bill would add at least $1.1 million to the state budget, according to an approximation from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.

New Jersey was the first state to implement the so-called family cap law, which is now in effect in 13 other states, according to Pew Charitable Trusts.

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