State Senate passes EBT card use bill

Posted at: 06/18/2013 10:24 PM

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The New York State Senate wants to make sure public assistance funds are being used properly.

On Tuesday Senators passed the "Public Assistance Integrity Act.”

If it becomes law, people would not be able to use EBT cards, or Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards, to buy alcohol, tobacco or lottery tickets. They also couldn't be used for other forms of gambling.

In case you don't know, EBT cards help people on welfare buy things they can't with food stamps, for example, toiletries and school supplies.

Back in 2011, an I-Team 10 investigation found EBT cards were being used in local gambling establishments and at liquor store ATMs.

The Senate says the assembly has to act on this bill before the end of this session, or else there's a risk of losing federal funding.

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