LD 1097 LR 418(09)
An Act To Improve the Integrity of Maine's Welfare Programs
Fiscal Note for Senate Amendment " " to Committee Amendment "A"
Sponsor: Sen. Baker of Sagadahoc
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
FY 2015-16 FY 2016-17 Projections  FY 2017-18 Projections  FY 2018-19
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $0 ($500,000) $0 $0
General Fund $0 ($500,000) $0 $0
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 ($516,135) $0 $0
Federal Block Grant Fund $0 ($115,739) $0 $0
Other Special Revenue Funds $0 ($516,135) $0 $0
Federal Block Grant Fund $0 ($115,739) $0 $0
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This amendment eliminates the General Fund appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by $500,000 in fiscal year 2016-17 by removing the requirement to restrict the use of benefits on the electronic benefits card (EBT) by recipients of temporary assistance for needy families on specific items and activities by blocking prohibited purchases through electronic means.

The amendment also changes a committee to a feasibility group and removes authority to provide advice to the DHHS and requires the DHHS to inititiate an administrative hearing if it finds the recipient has purchased prohibited items. These changes do not impact the estimated cost of this bill.