FOOD-STAMP E-PORTABILITY BILL PASSED BY HOUSE

WASHINGTON (FNS] -- The supermarket industry's desire to allow electronically dispensed food-stamp benefits to be used in almost any state is close to being realized.The House last week approved legislation clearing the way for the portability of electronic food stamps. The Senate last year approved a similar bill. The President is expected to sign the measure.Under the legislation, the federal government

WASHINGTON (FNS] -- The supermarket industry's desire to allow electronically dispensed food-stamp benefits to be used in almost any state is close to being realized.

The House last week approved legislation clearing the way for the portability of electronic food stamps. The Senate last year approved a similar bill. The President is expected to sign the measure.

Under the legislation, the federal government would reimburse retailers and wholesalers up to $500,000 annually to c

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