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Bill hopes to crack down on "food stamp trafficking"


Madison (WQOW) - Republicans in the state Senate want to crack down on something called "food stamp trafficking".

They've crafted a bill to do just that. What has traditionally been called food stamps is actually the FoodShare Program here in Wisconsin, where people use what is essentially a state issued debit card to buy food. But some state lawmakers are worried that people are trading those cards for cash, or other things like drugs or weapons.

Federal law already bans trading the cards for cash, and similar restrictions on other types of fraud, were recently put in place.

"At the end of February, the USDA issued a regulation that, essentially covers everything that's, that this bill is trying to, trying to cover, so, our position is, its covered already, so, what's the point," says Kris Tazelaar, with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Some believe the reason it's important for the state to pass its own law is so that people who violate it can be prosecuted here. If you're wondering, it's estimated the fraud rate within the state's food share program is at just one percent.

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