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February 5, 2013

O'Connor Ives to lead joint tourism committee

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She also filed a welfare reform bill that would require any electronic benefit transfer card issued to an eligible recipient to bear the recipient’s photograph, require any retailer that accepts EBT cards to post the Department of Transitional Assistance EBT fraud hotline in a visible area, and list on each application and renewal form those items that are prohibited from purchase with EBT cards.

“It’s essential that we take the simple steps necessary to combat fraud in the system so it can continue to work for the people that need it,” O’Connor Ives said.

Other bills she filed would require nursing care facilities to obtain informed consent before prescribing psychotropic drugs, would require health insurance policies that provide prescription drug insurance to cover medically prescribed “audible medication dispensers” for those with limited eyesight and would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act to include a $50 daily penalty for noncompliance within 30 days of requests for public information.

O’Connor Ives also co-sponsored legislation in the areas of public safety, veterans’ assistance, water quality protection, toxin reduction, stronger sex offender laws, health care, equal access to Department of Mental Health and Department of Development Services for individuals with autism, and for a middle ground between local housing authorities and state-recommended consolidation.

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