Florida lawmakers: No welfare benefits will go to strip clubs or casinos on our watch!
Via Schorsch at Saint Petersblog:
Patrons of strip clubs won’t be able to make it rain with government assistance under a measure that got its first vote of support from state senators on Tuesday.
The Regulated Industries Committee approved with little discussion the proposal (SB 1048) by Sen. Andy Gardiner to prohibit electronic benefits (EBT) cards from being used at strip clubs, liquor stores and gambling establishments, including casinos, pari-mutuels and Internet cafes.
The House version (HB 701) has cleared two committees with little trouble and is set to go before Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday.
And exactly how many EBT cards pop at these dens of vice? Florida’s puritanical legislators have yet to say. Though it’s probably similar to the numbers of Florida welfare recipients who are doing drugs: very, very few.