NO BRAINER: Florida proposes bill to prevent EBT recipients from using benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores

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Now here’s something that should be a no brainer.  There’s a bill in the Florida legislature to prevent recipients of government benefits from using their EBT cards at strip clubs and liquor stores.  

from Daily Caller:

Florida lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban those receiving government assistance from using their electronic benefits (EBT) cards at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.

Florida’s House Healthy Families Subcommittee on Wednesday approved a House bill, HB 701, introduced by Republican state Rep. Jimmie Smith to that end.

Those enrolled in food assistance programs or on temporary cash assistance generally access those benefits via EBT cards, which work like a credit or debit card.

The legislation, according to Smith, was a direct result of a section of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

That portion of the 2012 federal legislation requires states receiving to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grants to “maintain policies and practices as necessary to prevent assistance provided under the State program funded under this part from being used in any electronic benefit transfer transaction in any liquor store; any casino, gambling casino, or gaming establishment; or any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment” by 2014.

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Mark my words, there will be some Democrat who complains that this bill is racist.  It happens every time.