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GA agency says photo IDs will cost $7.7 million

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials say it will cost nearly $8 million to create food stamp cards including recipients' photos.

Lawmakers included the change in a law they say prevents people from selling their electronic benefit cards.

According to a 2016 budget request made public this week, the Georgia Department of Human Services estimates the change would cost about $7.8 million. Agency spokeswoman Ravae Graham says the estimate covers producing about 900,000 new cards and other support expenses.

State Sen. Don Balfour, a Snellville Republican who sponsored the law, said the cost is reasonable to prevent re-sale of the benefits.

Georgia's Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have said another part of the food stamp law requiring recipients suspected of drug abuse to be tested isn't permitted by federal law.

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