COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state of Ohio is poised to launch the country's first smart card technology-based program for statewide electronic distribution of food stamps. The final step of the approval process could come this month, when the Ohio Controlling Board is expected to vote on the selection of Citibank, New York, as the state's processor for electronic benefits transfer. If successful, Ohio's program could serve as a model for smart card technology in a wider range of retail ...

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