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Assembly passes bill to block transfering food stamp benefits for cash, alcohol or cigarettesSubmitted: 04/16/2013
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would penalize the trafficking of the food stamp benefits in Wisconsin.

The Republican-sponsored measure would make it illegal to buy, sell or transfer food stamp benefits for cash and other unlawful purposes such as trading stamps for alcohol or cigarettes.

Republicans say the bill would give district attorneys the necessary tools to prosecute food stamp traffickers. They say the proposal also would ensure benefits are available to those who really need them. But Democrats called the plan misguided and mean-spirited.

The Assembly passed the measure 73-24 on Tuesday, sending the bill on to the state Senate.

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