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House sends EBT cards restriction to be studied
Earlier this session, the House sent two other bills changing state laws governing the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to study for a comprehensive review of how the cards are used and how the system should be changed.
The bill also prohibited using the cards at a tattoo or body piercing establishment.
Supporters of SB 203 said the bill clearly defines for recipients and businesses that accept them what products can be purchased and what cannot with the cards.
“There are penalties for non-compliance. If I get stopped for speeding on I-93, I will pay a penalty.” LeBrun said. “Every law on the books has a penalty attached for those who abuse it.”
But others argued lawmakers are in the process of studying and reviewing the use of the EBT cards and a well-thought-out and reasoned approach will be presented to lawmakers next year.
He said the committee needs additional data to develop a holistic policy to address issues raised about the cards.
McMahan said only 18 percent of the benefits distributed through the cards is redeemed at ATMs.
The vote to send the bill to interim study, a polite death in the second-year of the two-year term, was largely down party lines.
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