The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 6-3 Monday to pass the bill. It calls for a multi-day issuance, to occur over the first 10 days of every month
It now goes to the full Senate.
A similar bill passed the House, but failed in this committee last year.
This time, supporters including Sen. Lee Heider of Twin Falls were swayed by concerns of many grocers who call the existing system a logistical nightmare.
Foes including Sen. Jim Guthrie of McCammon, a small grocery store owner, said there were better alternatives.