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Maine denied on ID proof in food stamp purchases

February 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers who use food stamp benefits cards will not have to show photo IDs when they buy groceries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has denied a request by Gov. Paul LePage’s administration to require photo identification, saying that would infringe on card holders’ rights and would not fight fraud.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/WNIoXI ) says the state sought the waiver in August, claiming the cards were being traded for cash or being used by people other than the intended recipients.

In the last legislative session, the governor and the Department of Health and Human Services supported legislation that would have required photo ID. The bill failed, prompting the waiver request.

As of January, 253,842 Mainers got an average monthly benefit of about $122 through the nutrition program.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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