The lawsuit filed Monday in Commonwealth Court challenges the elimination of the $150 million General Assistance program.
About 68,000 poor or disabled Pennsylvanians received $205 a month through the program that ended July 31.
Plaintiffs' attorneys say lawmakers violated the state Constitution in numerous ways when passing the omnibus bill that ended the Depression-era initiative.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare told The Philadelphia Inquirer she could not comment because agency officials had not seen the lawsuit.
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