HOUSE AND SENATE OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S EBT VETOES
- Wednesday, July 18, 2012
On Wednesday, July 11 the MA House of Representatives overrode the Governor’s vetoes of sections in the FY ’13 state budget that would have restricted certain purchases by SNAP benefit recipients, with the Senate following suit on Thursday, July 12. Both branches nearly unanimously struck down the Governor’s vetoes of sections in the budget that would have financially penalized individuals who made SNAP purchases of tobacco, lottery tickets and alcohol and prevent purchases of such items as jewelry, tattoos, firearms and ammunition, vacations on cruise ships, at casinos and adult entertainment venues. As written, a first offense would result in a $600 fine, a second offense would result in a $1,200 fine and a third offense would result in a loss of benefits. The overrides now go back to the Governor who can either sign them or veto them again.
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