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House Bill No. 5593

SPECIAL ACT NO. 96-5

AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: Special act 93-26, as amended by section 2 of public act 94-192, is amended to read as follows: The Commissioner of Social Services shall establish a pilot program in at least one town for the distribution of food stamps and aid to families with dependent children benefits through electronically coded cards. THE COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES MAY DISTRIBUTE BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER THE STATE SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM OR ANY OTHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH ELECTRONIC MEANS. The Commissioner of Social Services shall prepare an electronic benefit distribution system pilot implementation plan. This plan shall be developed in consultation with appropriate public and private sector representatives, including but not limited to the banking industry, as well as state and local advocacy groups. The plan shall be developed on or before January 15, 1994, and include an estimate of the costs of the program, as well as the benefits, to the state and public assistance recipients. Implementation of the system shall begin in at least one town by June 1, 1995. The commissioner shall issue to the General Assembly a report with recommendations including a recommendation regarding the possible state-wide expansion of the program, in accordance with section 11-4a, on January 1, 1996.

Approved May 29, 1996. Effective May 29, 1996.

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