- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has passed a bill Republicans say will cut down on fraud in the state’s food stamp program.

The bill approved Tuesday would require the state to seize all FoodShare benefits if the account has not been accessed in six months or more. The recipient could not access the benefits again until they make a request for it to be reactivated or they reapply for the program.

Democratic Rep. Andy Jorgensen says the bill is designed to score political points for Republicans, but isn’t worth the $1.3 million in estimated costs to execute.

Bill sponsor, Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, says the bill will remove a temptation to commit fraud by taking control over large unspent balances.

It passed on a bipartisan 66-31 vote.



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