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Purchasing soda with the use of 'food stamps' could soon be prohibited in Florida

Posted August 22
Updated August 23

— A bill was filed on Friday that would no longer allow individuals in Florida who use food-assistance benefits to buy soda.

On Friday, Rep. Ralph Massullo filed bill HB 47 for January's session.

Under the new bill, the Department of Children and Families would be required to receive federal approval before allowing the state to ban the purchase of soft drinks by using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The bill would prohibit anyone using SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks. The bill defines a soft drink as a flavored carbonated beverage that is sweetened with natural or artificial sweeteners.

It states that if the waiver is denied, the department will submit a new request annually until a waiver is granted.

The program is similar to food stamps.

If the bill passes, it will go into effect July 1, 2018.


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  • Brenda Lawrence Aug 23, 5:17 p.m.
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    What Crystal was implying is that people who use food stamps seem to have plenty of money for booze, cigarettes and fancy cars. What do you say to that David?

  • David McCabe Aug 23, 10:58 a.m.
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    Let me help folks understand what John is attempting to do we ith his ridiculous statement. Straw Man Argument: A straw man argument attempts to refute a given proposition by showing that a slightly different or inaccurate form of the proposition (the "straw man") has an absurd, unpleasant, or ridiculous consequence, relying on the audience failing to notice that the argument does not actually apply to the original proposition.

  • John Archer Aug 23, 9:57 a.m.
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    "They" are horrible people and shouldn't be allowed to eat at all. Let them find their own food! Why should I have to pay with my hard earned money, right?

  • Crystal Czeck Aug 23, 8:04 a.m.
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    Couldn't agree more. They need policies more strict than what are in place now.

    When I worked at Food Lion in High School, it was always amazing to see the carts of food that would come through the line on one transaction, followed by a second transaction using cash for booze and cigarettes. Then they would pile into an SUV nicer than my own car, and drive away.