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Senate panel OKs restrictions for welfare cash

Food Stamps
Posted at 12:02 AM, Apr 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 00:55:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill that would prohibit welfare recipients from using debit-like electronic cards to access cash benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and gambling establishments.

The bill (SB 1048) sailed through the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee on a 9-0 vote Monday.

Supporters said the debit-like cards are used for food stamps and other forms of assistance.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said the bill is aimed at making sure the cards are used for public-assistance benefits that provide necessities.

The bill cleared another Senate committee earlier in the month without opposition.