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Food stamp trafficking bill signed into law

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker signed into law Monday, a measure designed to help crack down food stamp trafficking.

The bill would expand definitions in state law of what constitutes illegal food stamp trafficking.  

This law now brings Wisconsin into line with the federal government's new expanded definition of food stamp trafficking.  It refers to the illegal buying, selling or transferring of food stamp benefits for cash or any other unlawful purpose. 

In most cases, trafficking occurs when food stamp recipients sell their benefit cards online and in the open market and then apply for free replacements.

In any given month about 15 percent of Wisconsin's population, or 850,000 people, receive food stamp benefits.

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