- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Photos would be added to Wisconsin’s food stamp electronic debit benefit card under a bill that’s cleared the state Assembly.

The Assembly passed the measure 57-40 on Tuesday.

Even though photos would be required under the bill, store clerks would not have to look at them before completing a sale. That would require a federal waiver, something the bill does not seek.

Republican bill sponsor Rep. Jesse Kremer says just having the photos on the card will reduce illegal trafficking of the cards.

Democrats say the bill is hateful, a waste of money and won’t reduce fraud as its backers claim it will.

It would cost an estimated $7.4 million to implement and $2 million a year after that.

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