advertisement

Missouri House passes bill seeking to put photo IDs on welfare cards

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 3:23 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require the state to seek a federal waiver to put photo IDs on electronic benefits cards.

Electronic benefits transfer cards are how welfare recipients access both their cash assistance and food stamp benefits. If the federal government grants the waiver, electronic benefits cards would need a photo ID for all recipients age 16 and older so they can remain eligible for food stamps.

Implementing photo identification for electronic benefits cards is projected to cost about $500,000, according to the Department of Social Services.

The House voted 120-35 to send the measure to the Senate Wednesday. It would also prohibit welfare recipients from spending cash benefits at casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments.

 


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements