State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) today supported the passage of by the Ohio House of a bill aimed at preventing fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

House Bill 50, sponsored by Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), will require a color photograph of at least one adult in a household on the front of a SNAP debit card, a feature that will protect the integrity of the program. By adding a photo to these cards, House Bill 50 seeks to deter the unlawful trafficking of the cards and to safeguard the benefits of those who need them and are legally entitled to them.

“It is important that all reasonable steps are taken to minimize fraud in government support programs for two reasons.  In particular, they help to protect the citizens who genuinely need the food support for themselves and their families. And, second, they also helps to protect the taxpayers who ultimately pay for the program,” said Cupp.

House Bill 50, a benefits protection bill, now heads to the Ohio Senate for its consideration.

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