A House subcommittee Wednesday approved a bill (HB 701) that would bar public-assistance recipients from using their electronic benefit cards at adult-entertainment establishments, gambling venues and liquor stores.
Sponsor Jimmie Smith said lawmakers need to approve the bill to comply with federal law or risk losing public-assistance money.
“We are simply following the lead of the federal government,” Smith told the Healthy Families Subcommittee, which voted 9-2 to approve the measure. The bill would affect people who receive food or cash assistance on what are known as “electronic benefits transaction” cards, which are similar to credit cards or debit cards.
The bill is next scheduled to go to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.
Via The News Service of Florida.