House working to prevent welfare fraud

BOSTON (WWLP) — House leaders are preparing another round of welfare reform proposals.

The House's budget team is polling House lawmakers on a new spending bill that includes several welfare fraud prevention measures. The legislation allows the state's welfare agency to fingerprint suspicious recipients to see if they match prints in criminal databases. It also requires photo identification on EBT cards, a measure that was passed in the House budget, but excluded from the Senate budget.

Senate President Therese Murray says she'll release her own comprehensive welfare reform bill later this month.

“That bill will be coming out very shortly, we're working on it intensely right now,” said Senator Murray.

While passage of a comprehensive welfare reform bill could take months, a spending bill with welfare reforms attached could be approved much sooner.

Also on Monday, House lawmakers will call on state Auditor Suzanne Bump. She'll give details on her report that found dead people claiming welfare benefits. 22News will be there watching your tax dollars.

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