EBT Reform Legislation Passes NH Senate

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/13 2014 04:31PM

Updated 03/13 2014 04:32PM

CONCORD, N.H. - EBT reform legislation passed the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday.

A press release says the reforms would prohibit NH residents from receiving public assistance from purchasing tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, and other non-essential items.

“The recent audit of the state's EBT program as well as anecdotal reports of improper benefit use have made it clear that additional statutory oversight is necessary to ensure our low-income assistance program funds are being used responsibly,” said Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith).  “Ongoing efforts by the Senate Finance Committee to reform the EBT program and prevent abuse will protect taxpayers and ensure the program is only providing access to those goods and services that beneficiaries truly need.”

The bill passed the senate in a 20-3 vote. The legislation now moves to the New Hampshire House.

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