There is one summary for H.R.273. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (01/07/1997)

Food Stamp Fraud Act of 1997 - Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to require by specified dates: (1) States to implement a food stamp program (program) electronic benefit transfer system; and (2) participating retail stores to use optical scanners to read food sale bar codes. Authorizes appropriations for grants to stores in low-income areas to meet such requirement.

Sets forth: (1) civil and criminal forfeiture provisions for program violations; and (2) retail food store reauthorization periods based upon a food stamp redemption percentage.

Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to require States with payment error rates exceeding the national performance measure to take additional measures with respect to program coordination and employer and financial institution reporting.