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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2114         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2247

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Shaunna O'Connell

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to electronic benefit transfer cards.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Richard Bastien

2nd Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Michael R. Knapik

 

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

James E. Timilty

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2114        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2247

By Mrs. O'Connell of Taunton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2247) of Shaunna O'Connell and others relative to electronic benefit transfer cards.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to electronic benefit transfer cards.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 1.  Chapter 18 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 5H the following new sections:-

              Section 5I.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, eligible recipients of direct cash assistance shall not use direct cash assistance funds for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or tobacco products. An eligible recipient of direct cash assistance who makes a purchase in violation of this section shall be ineligible for any assistance program administered by the department for a period of 1 month for the first violation, 3 months for the second violation, 6 months for the third violation, and permanently for a fourth violation.

              Section 5J.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an individual or store owner shall not accept direct cash assistance funds held on electronic benefit transfer cards for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets, or tobacco products.  n individual or store owner who knowingly accepts electronic benefit transfer cards in violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 for the first offense, a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for the second offense, and a fine of not less than $1,000 for the third or subsequent offense.  A store owner who commits a third violation of this section shall be ineligible to accept electronic benefit transfer cards. 

              Section 5K.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, whoever embezzles, steals or obtains by fraud any funds, assets or property provided by the department of transitional assistance and whoever receives, conceals or retains such funds, assets or property for his own interest knowing such funds, assets or property have been embezzled, stolen or obtained by fraud shall, if such funds, assets or property are of a value of $100 or more, be punished by a fine of not more than $25,000 or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 5 years, or both such fine and imprisonment, or if such funds, assets or property are of a value of less than $100, by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 1 year, or both such fine and imprisonment.”

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