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Ops Memo 2012-49: TAFDC and EAEDC – Further Limitations on Use of Cash Benefits


Overview On July 27, 2012, a new state law was enacted which prohibits DTA cash
clients from using DTA direct cash assistance held on electronic benefit
transfer (EBT) cards to purchase:

  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Firearms and ammunition;
  • Gambling services;
  • Jewelry;
  • Lottery tickets;
  • Pornographic material or performances;
  • Tattoos or body piercings;
  • Tobacco products;
  • Vacation services; or
  • Pay court-ordered fees, fines, bail or bail bonds.

The new law contains penalties for clients who knowingly violate this law.

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