- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Islanders trying to buy products using a food stamps card would have to present photo ID under legislation filed in the state’s General Assembly.

Rep. Patricia Morgan announced her legislation Thursday. The West Warwick Republican says requiring people to prove their identity when using the electronic cards used to redeem food stamp benefits would reduce fraud. The requirement would apply to those using electronic benefit cards to redeem other public assistance too.

It would be up to retailers to check the photo ID against the name on the government-issued EBT card.

Morgan says her idea is a cost-effective way of targeting fraud and ensuring that the benefits go to those who need them.

No vote or hearing on the bill has been scheduled.

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