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An Emerging Issue in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Should Participants Be Subject to New Identification Requirements?

By Daniel Lesser & Deanne Millison

Several states have adopted or are considering legislation that would establish identification for recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits when the recipients use their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. This legislation is apparently driven by the unfounded myth that trafficking of SNAP benefits is rampant. In reality, trafficking is a declining problem, and the photo identification requirements on EBT cards would prove costly to states.

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