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Bill S6291-2009

Relates to finger imaging of certain persons receiving food stamps

Relates to finger imaging of certain persons receiving food stamps.

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Actions

  • Jul 26, 2010: returned to senate
  • Jul 26, 2010: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • Jul 1, 2010: recommitted to ways and means
  • Jul 1, 2010: substitution reconsidered
  • Jun 30, 2010: ordered to third reading rules cal.471
  • Jun 30, 2010: substituted for a1681
  • Jun 28, 2010: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 28, 2010: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 28, 2010: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 25, 2010: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1264
  • Jun 15, 2010: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 10, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Nov 13, 2009: REFERRED TO RULES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Social Services - Jun 10, 2010
Ayes (3): Squadron, Duane, Krueger
Nays (2): McDonald, Marcellino
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 25, 2010
Ayes (11): Smith, Espada, Montgomery, Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Parker, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Dilan, Klein
Ayes W/R (4): Stachowski, Valesky, Padavan, Farley
Nays (6): Skelos, Johnson O, Volker, Seward, Hannon, Saland
Excused (2): LaValle, Larkin

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S6291

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the social services law, in relation to finger imaging for food stamps recipients

PURPOSE : The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the finger imaging matching identification system for applicants or recipients of food stamps who are not also applicants for, or recipients of, family or safety net assistance.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Amends subdivision 3 of section 139-a of the social services law, to rescind the finger imaging matching identification system for applicants or recipients of food stamps who are not also applicants for, or recipients of, family or safety net assistance.

EXISTING LAW :

JUSTIFICATION : Under state law, public assistance recipients must be finger imaged but currently the Governor decides whether to require social service districts to finger image people who receive food stamps only. New York is one of the four remaining states in the country where finger imaging for food stamps still occurs. In order for needy families to get food stamps, all adult members or heads of households must have their finger images taken. If they do not comply, their entire household is left destitute and without any public assistance. In a study conducted by a non-partisan, non-profit policy research organization it was found that finger imaging was not cost effective and does nothing to deter fraud. The study concluded that in Texas and California, finger imaging produces serious drawbacks that include low numbers of fraud detection, high numbers of administrative errors, and an elongated and inefficient process that deters indigent people from applying. As a result, USDA withheld its share of federal funding for the state's finger imaging program.

It is estimated that finger imaging for food stamps costs New York's taxpayers $800,000 per year in administrative fees per year. Food stamps are entirely federally funded and finger imaging denies local businesses an estimated $60 million per year in lost federal revenues due to lower food stamp use.

Finger imaging serves as a deterrent for eligible individuals to access food stamps. It carries a stigma that is degrading to an applicant who might feel their dignity is worth more than government assistance although they might be in dire need. Food is a basic necessity of life. Finger imaging should not be required for any low income families and individuals to receive assistance with their food costs.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007: A.10215

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : No new fiscal implications.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6291 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE November 13, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPADA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to finger imaging for food stamps recipients THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 139-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new paragraph (n) to read as follows: (N) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, APPLI- CANTS OR RECIPIENTS OF FOOD STAMPS WHO ARE NOT ALSO APPLICANTS FOR, OR RECIPIENTS OF, FAMILY OR SAFETY NET ASSISTANCE SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE FINGER IMAGING MATCHING IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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