SB 1443

85(R) - 2017
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Brandon Creighton

Bill Caption

Relating to electronic benefits transfer cards used by recipients under certain assistance programs.  

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 1443, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($978,227) through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

An estimate for any potential savings associated with a reduction to fraud, waste or abuse cannot be determined because the number and amount of transactions currently made by unauthorized individuals is unknown.

The Health and Human Services Commission is only required to implement the provisions of the bill if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

This bill would require that EBT cards display the name and photograph of the benefits recipient, the Fraud Hotline telephone number, and the website for reporting suspected fraudulent activity. The bill adds a provision to exclude certain people from the photograph requirement, including those age 65 and older, disabled persons, homeless people, children younger than 19, blind persons, and victims of domestic abuse. The bill would require the Department of Public Safety to provide the Health and Human Services Commission with a photograph of the recipient that the department has in its records. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill helps limit government spending by helping to reduce fraudulent use of SNAP EBT cards therefore reducing government spending due to fraud; because of this, we support this bill.