April 3rd, 2013

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.

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    I’m in Georgia and I’ve had plenty of people ask if they could use EBT. I work at a liquor store. The answer is, hell...
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    Somehow it ceases to amaze me how people that are in position to effect the lives of others can be both daft and...
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    thoughts?……ppl used their EBT cards at strip clubs?? get out of here.
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    Another brilliant idea from conservatives trying to cut back on money spent helping the poor, and instead costing even...
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Adam Weinstein.
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Formerly of Mother Jones, Fusion, and the WSJ.