Mass. lawmakers agree on photo IDs for EBT cards

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BOSTON (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have agreed to require photo IDs on electronic benefit transfer cards for most welfare recipients.

The provision was attached to an appropriations bill that addressed shortfalls in funding in the state fiscal year that ended on Sunday.

The proposal would require photo IDs to be placed on EBT cards used by recipients over the age of 18, but would exempt the elderly and disabled from the requirement.

Lawmakers have been under pressure to clamp down on the cards - which function much like debit cards - after several reports alleging fraud and abuse.

The bill would also create a task force on verification and eligibility for welfare.

The full House and Senate are expected to take votes on the bill later on Monday.


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