NASHVILLE — The Senate today approved legislation barring automatic teller machines (ATMs) in or near businesses that provide bail bonds, tattoos and body piercing from dispensing cash to people with welfare benefit cards.
Senators approved the measure on a 23-5 vote. It now goes to the House.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, said the bill will help deter welfare “electronic benefit transfer” or EBT cards, used by welfare recipients to make purchases or withdraw cash, from using the money inappropriately.
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