SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A new push to put photos on welfare benefit cards failed this week.
Many credit cards have photos on the card, but does that stop other people from using them?
That's one issue some State Senators have with this proposal.
15,000 Electronic Benefits Cards are lost every year; sometimes they're being sold. That's why one State Senator wants to add photos to benefit cards. But the proposal was shot down in the State Senate, leaving some to question why.
"If you hand me a food stamp card and there's no ID on it, I can do whatever I want with it. So, who's going to know," said Mark Emery of Springfield.
This measure comes after a state audit provoked outrage revealing that millions of dollars in welfare benefits were going to people who had died or lived out of state.
"It would probably take extra effort and it may be a little more expensive, but in the end we'd save money," said Sandra Steele. "We wouldn't be giving benefits out to people who didn't deserve them."
But opponents say this has been tried and failed. Another argument that was brought up was the effectiveness of this plan. With the ever increasing use of self-check out lanes how do you regulate what people are swiping? And one estimate claims this addition would create an ongoing price tag of $8 million.
"You may have to redo things so I guess it would cause complications, so I could see why people wouldn't want to do that," said Mika Chmielewski of Southampton.
Some State Senators also said they wanted a comprehensive plan to make this change, not just putting it together piece by piece.