New Florida Bill would keep food stamps from being spent on strippers, gambling and junk food

A new controversial Florida bill will restrict some Florida residents from buying soda, candy bars or other junk foods-well, only if they are trying to use food stamps to pay for that two-liter or chocolate bar. “The taxpayer has a low toleration for those who are standing in line with two packs of soda and a bottle of Mountain Dew,” said Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico and the sponsor of SB 1658.

The bill would also keep those receiving federal assistance from using those funds to pay for a lap dance or gambling it away at a casino. Turns out, what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas if an EBT card (set aside for general groceries) is used to pull the slots or try their hand at poker.

Critics of the bill claim that it oversteps personal choice boundaries and tries to “police” what they are eating and their lifestyle. “I hope we will stop trying to tell poor people every day what they should do in their lives and help them to make better choices … not by being their parent, but by being their helper,” said Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville.

If that is the case, then why have alcohol and tobacco been off limits?