Senate to pass bill on food stamp trafficking

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that would expand definitions in state law of what constitutes illegal food stamp trafficking in Wisconsin.

The Republican-backed proposal before the Senate on Tuesday brings state law into line with the federal government's new expanded definition of food stamp trafficking.

That refers to the illegal buying, selling or transferring of food stamp benefits for cash or other unlawful purposes.

The measure passed the Assembly with bipartisan support in April.

Trafficking occurs in most cases when food stamp recipients sell their benefit cards online and in the open market and then apply for free replacements.

About 15 percent of Wisconsin's population, or 850,000 people, received food stamp benefits in February.


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