Issues: Food Stamps

Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

The legislation (S.7671), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would also prevent individuals receiving welfare from using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to make ATM withdrawals from certain places, including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. 

June 19, 2012
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Libous Welfare Reform Bill Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

June 19, 2012
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RITCHIE: NO WELFARE BENEFITS FOR SMOKES, BOOZE OR LOTTO

Sponsors Bill After Constituent Complaints About Misuse of EBT Cards

Senator Patty Ritchie today announced legislation to stop the use of taxpayer-paid EBT welfare cards to buy lottery tickets, beer and cigarettes.

June 15, 2012
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Sen. Krueger Writes in The Hill: Washington's Fad Diet

Sen. Krueger wrote this piece for The Hill's Congress Blog, explaining why Congress' proposed millions in cuts to the food stamps program make no sense.

May 24, 2012
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