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House moves to limit access to food stamps

Posted at 4:28 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 18:28:59-05
PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed a bill that would dramatically reduce eligibility to the state's food stamps program.
Republican Rep. Justin Olson of Mesa is sponsoring the large measure that would reduce or cut off access to the program for about 80,000 to 120,000 people.
The measure would also include photo identification on Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and reduce the types of places that people can use their benefits.
Legislative analysts say nearly one million people received benefits through the state's food stamps program at an average allowance of $120 per person as of January.
Olson says the measure is designed to put people back to work.
Opponents say the measure would further disenfranchise the state's vulnerable population.
House Bill 2596 received initial approval Monday. It now awaits a formal vote.