HB 701 -- Public Assistance
Current law authorizes electronic benefits transfer (EBT) for
the delivery of public assistance benefits as pilot projects in
certain areas in Missouri. This bill establishes a statewide
EBT system. The Department of Social Services is authorized to
approve or disapprove of vendors participating in the EBT
system. Recipients are prohibited from using automated teller
machines to access cash benefits in certain establishments,
including gambling facilities and establishments which
principally sell firearms, alcohol, or pornographic material.
Recipients eligible to receive cash benefits and who have a
personal bank account are required to use the electronic funds
transfer (EFT) system. EFT is defined as the electronic
transfer of funds to a financial institution for the purpose of
authorizing debits or credits to an account. Recipients are
required to furnish the department with the information
necessary to implement EFT. Failure to do so results in an
appropriate sanction imposed by the Division of Family Services.
EBT fraud is defined, and is a class A misdemeanor when less
than $150 in benefits is involved. Fraud involving benefits in
excess of $150 is a class D felony.
This bill also authorizes the Department to use a fingerprinting
system, contingent upon federal approval when required, for
anyone applying or determined eligible for public assistance
benefits. The purpose of the fingerprinting system is to
prevent fraudulent practices and multiple issuance of benefits.
Failure of a recipient to comply with the fingerprinting system
results in an appropriate sanction. The Director of the
Department of Social Services may waive any requirement for
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