Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed House Bill 4723 on Thursday making it illegal for prisoners to receive Bridge Cards.

"Preventing prisoners from receiving Bridge Cards is a common-sense way to reduce fraud, save taxpayer dollars, and help ensure assistance is given to those who are truly in need," said Calley.

In addition, the measure requires the termination of Bridge Card access to incarcerated individuals who had previously been issued one. The state Department of Human Services must also perform a monthly incarceration match to help determine Bridge Card eligibility. The law codifies policies already in place within the department.

The bill is now Public Act 281 of 2012. For more information, visit www.michiganlegislature.org.