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State Assembly to vote on bill preventing illegal trafficking of FoodShare cards


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to stop the illegal trafficking of food stamp benefits.

The measure makes it a crime to buy, sell, or trade FoodShare cards for cash or illegal items.

The bill’s main sponsor, Powers Lake Republican Samantha Kerkman, says she’s been told about FoodShare benefit trafficking in her southeast Wisconsin district.

She says her bill is designed to make sure that those who really need food stamps get them. Opponents say it would put a further stigma on recipients who’ve done nothing wrong.

It’s already against the law to commit fraud in applying for FoodShare – not updating income information – and transferring benefits to people who don’t qualify for them.