BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The EBT reform debate is far from over.
Just days after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed specific welfare reforms, the Legislature is talking about taking up the matter again.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo says it could happen as early as Wednesday.
Governor Patrick's new budget allows for people to use their EBT cards at places like nail salons, jewelry stores and on individual items including tattoos and guns. He did keep in place a ban on purchases at businesses like strip clubs, cruise ships or casinos.
Several lawmakers who have worked on more strict reforms say it's not enough and they refuse to let this slide.
Some lawmakers want to take it a step further by getting rid of the cash option all together.
The governor signed an earlier law banning purchases of alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets.
Gov. Patrick also amended the measure to require a commission that would study improvements to the system. That amendment still needs lawmakers' approval.
Gov. Patrick recommends own welfare card restrictions