Officials mull scrapping foodstamp-fingerprinting policy

THE BRONX - Some local lawmakers say they're considering doing away with the controversial policy of fingerprinting applicants for foodstamp benefits.Instituted as an attempt to prevent fraud, officials say the practice has turned into a hassle that wastes taxpayer dollars. Legislators say the initiative does little to detect fraud and, in some cases, may discourage families from applying. They're hoping to sway Mayor Michael Bloomberg into scrapping the policy.New York City and Arizona are the only regions that still require finger imaging, officials say.

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