An appropriations subcommittee on Monday stripped the provision from a bill (HB 1401) that also would ban welfare recipients from using debit-like cards to access cash benefits outside of Florida or at strip clubs, liquor stores, bars and gambling establishments.
The panel then approved the truncated bill 9-5.
The ban on sweets had been sponsored by Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico.
Several members who voted for it, though, warned the sponsor they would oppose a similar Senate-passed bill (SB 1658) that still contains the food stamp provision or any effort to restore the ban to the House version.
Opponents of the proposed food stamp limits said it would infringe on recipients’ freedom of choice.