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State and Federal Governments:
Saenz v. Roe
(Anderson v. Roe)

Docket Number: 98-97
Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Subjects: Welfare benefits

Argued: January 13, 1999

Decided: May 17, 1999
Vote: 7-2

At Issue: Whether a state may give lower welfare checks to new residents than it does to needy residents who have been in the state for more than a year.

Decision: States may not limit welfare benefits for new residents; the justices struck down a California law that restricted newcomers' welfare checks for one year to the amount they had collected in their previous state.

The full text of the Saenz v. Roe decision is available at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

The full text of the 1998 decision from the 9th Circuit, Roe v. Anderson, also is available at FindLaw.

Background from The Post
New-Resident Limits on Welfare Rejected (May 18, 1999)
Court Weighs Welfare Limit for Newcomers (January 14, 1999)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

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