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SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, sent a letter today to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting an audit of the CalWORKs program to determine the effectiveness of its anti-fraud efforts.

‘California needs to stop welfare recipients from spending their benefits out-of-state in resorts and high-end shops,’ said Gaines. ‘The state must conduct a thorough investigation and I will work with my colleagues to craft a common-sense package of reforms to ensure that welfare aid is spent only on legitimate needs.’

On Monday, October 4th , Assemblyman Gaines announced he will introduce legislation to ban welfare money from being used out-of-state, in response to an eye-opening article in the Los Angeles Times that revealed that $69 million was spent or withdrawn outside of California ย– including thousands spent on cruise ships.

Assemblyman Ted Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento & Alpine counties.