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$69M in Calif. welfare money spent out of state

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Thousands of documents show tens of millions of welfare dollars have been spent out of state, some at vacation resorts. The discovery is leading to new legislation to prevent welfare abuse.

One lawmaker is calling for an end to taxpayer-funded vacations, as he calls it, for welfare recipients, but welfare supporters say that is just a political ploy. California already has one of the lowest fraud rates in the country.

Welfare offices in California have been jam-packed during this recession with applicants needing cash assistance for basic needs like food and shelter.

However, under new legislation about to be introduced by Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, welfare recipients may have to start spending their benefits only within the state. 

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