California One Step Closer to Eliminating Fingerprint Imaging

Guest post by David Lee, Director of Government Relations & Advocacy for Feeding America: After a lot of legislative activity over the last two weeks, August 31 the California Senate passed an amended version of AB 6, the bill that would remove the fingerprint imaging requirement for CalFresh (the state name for SNAP) applicants and also move the state from a quarterly reporting to semi-annual reporting.

Due to opposition from the County of Los Angeles, the bill was amended to eliminate fingerprint imaging for CalFresh only applicants, but keep the requirement for CalWorks (TANF) and for those who receive both CalFresh and CalWorks.  Since of the entire California nutrition caseload, 78% received CalFresh only and 22% received both CalFresh and CalWorks, this is still a major win in the battle to fully eliminate fingerprint imaging in CalFresh.  More importantly, the bill eliminates federal funding for the state to maintain the system.

After achieving concurrence in the Assembly, the bill will head to the Governor’s desk for his signature.  If signed, California will follow Texas in eliminating fingerprint imaging, leaving only Arizona and New York as the last two states in the union to use it.

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