In a brief filed on July 30,1997, WLF urged the court to reject the ACLU challenge to a California welfare reform measure that establishes a reduced level of welfare benefits during the first 12 months after a recipient moves to California. WLF argued that states should be granted the flexibility to provide a reduced level of benefits to newcomers so that they can devote a greater percentage of their limited public welfare funds to providing assistance to long-term residents.