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June 18, 2013

Dempsey doubles down on welfare card reform

Bill focuses on ID cards, enforcement


Key items of House welfare card reform

Require a photo to be placed on EBT cards for each eligible household member over age 18 and set a timeline for implementing

Establish better computer tracking of beneficiaries, including cross-checking social security numbers and sharing tax return information with agencies monitoring eligibility

Suspend and disqualify violators

Implement technology to reject prohibited items from being purchased with EBT cards and increase fines on retailers who violate rules

Require Department of Transitional Assistance to submit annual report to House and Senate budget committees by Nov. 1

Require DTA to consider business assets of recipients, including in some cases the income of relatives and sponsors of immigrants, and require proof of income and assets in certain circumstances

Establish task force made up of state auditor, attorney general, inspector general, treasurer, and secretary of administration and finance to monitor welfare programs.

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