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Should Food Stamp Recipients be Required to Show ID?

Rhode Island Senator Nicholas D. Kettle has introduced legislation that would require anyone using an electronic benefits card to show photo ID.

"There are many people in our state that genuinely need these benefits,” Kettle (D-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich) said. “People who try and defraud the food stamp program are stealing money from those who need EBT cards to keep from going hungry.”

The bill, 2014-S 2382, would require retailers check ID to verify an EBT card holder is the person trying to use the card. Any retailer who doesn't check ID will be suspended from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for one month.

“The bill is a much-needed tool to provide effective oversight of the SNAP program,” said Sen. Marc Cote, (D-Dist. 24, North Smithfield, Woonsocket) a member of a bipartisan Senate coalition supporting the bill.  “We must do all that we can to make sure that the benefits go to qualified recipients and that taxpayer dollars spent appropriately” said Sen. Cote.

The bill was also co-sponsored by Sen. Edward J. O’Neill (I-Dist. 17) and Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33).  It now goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Gerryann Ashworth March 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM
BOB I, you obviously missed the point of my last post. Yes, some places ask for an ID now but if this legislation is passed an ID will be REQUIRED for EVERYBODY, NOT JUST EBT RECIPIENTS!!!
BOB I March 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM
and what is wrong with that.
Gerryann Ashworth March 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM
I don't have a problem with it, just wanted you to understand my post!
jim harris April 07, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Yes they should show id. There is so much fraud and misuse of a system that was designed to help those in need. Its pathetic that recipients are buying weed, booze, and other items that the assistance was not meant for. Problem with Government assistance is that your training people to be lazy, and not take responsibility for their own lives. This country was built on hard work. Now its being torn down by no work. Eventually the money is going to run out. The ambitious can't support the bums forever.

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