The state of Maine has implemented restrictions of the use of electronic benefit cards in ATMs at 44 locations statewide.

The Maine DHHS has blocked the use of EBT cards at ATM machines at bars, strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. The state plans to expand the current 44 locations to more than 200 by this August.

Governor LePage added in a statement that any attempt to use a card at a prohibited location will be treated as a violation, and the card holder will lose benefits for a year.

According to the Portland Press Hearld, from June 1, 2012 through November 15,2013, card holders made $44,480 in ATM withdrawals at the 44 locations that the cards are now restricted.

The state is paying their EBT card vendor, Xerox, $92 per ATM to enforce the law.

Maine has about 224,000 EBT cards that are active.

What do you think of these restrictions?