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For food stamps, you need photo-ID card in Bay State

In a move to cut down on fraud, Massachusetts food stamp recipients this week become the first in the nation required to present photo identification cards to get their coupons.

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The state plan to photo-identify all 150,000 heads of households on food stamps - at a cost of $1.7 million - drew criticism from civil libertarians and welfare-rights advocates who said it would stigmatize the poor. But a state spokesman said there had been no major resistance to the program by food stamp recipients.

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