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Oklahoma House Approves Bill Reducing Abuse Of Lifeline Program

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The Oklahoma State House of Representatives took action on a federal program, after a 6 Investigates report exposed the waste, fraud and abuse rife within it.

Our investigators showed you how many are taking advantage of the federal Lifeline program, which supplies free cell phones to the needy.

We found homeless people stockpiling phones to sell on the street and companies failing to enforce rules on who's eligible for the free phones.

Meanwhile, you're picking up the bill for waste and fraud.

State lawmakers are demanding better oversight of the program. Legislation requiring better record-keeping won unanimous approval from the State House Wednesday, and now moves on to the Senate.

It also spells out fines for companies that fail to follow the rules.

2/26/2013 Related Story: Two Oklahoma Lifeline Companies To Pay More Than $1 Million To FCC

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