Update on Senate Bill 1805: AARP is pleased that the Massachusetts Senate included an amendment to S.1805, exempting several vulnerable populations — including elders — from the photo identification requirement for SNAP electronic benefits cards.

We thank the leaders in the Senate who advocated, spoke and voted for the complete striking of the harmful language to include photo identification, including Senators Chang Diaz, Stone Creem, Clark, DiDomenico, Donnelly, Downing, Eldridge, Dorcena Forry, Jehlen, Montigny, and Wolf.

ACTION: Please call your senator and Senate President Therese Murray at 617-722-1500 to thank them for protecting the most vulnerable.

What happens next?  A conference committee will be named to resolve the differences between the House and Senate bills.  AARP will urge members of that committee to not include any harmful language that would discourage eligible SNAP beneficiaries from accessing this important benefit.

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