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Fla. House bans EBT use at strip clubs, liquor stores


Published:   |   Updated: April 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House has banned the use of welfare recipients' EBT cards at “adult entertainment establishments” like strip joints, casinos and bottle clubs.

The House passed the bill (HB 701) by an 89-26 vote today.

EBT cards — standing for electronic benefit transfer — are like debit cards. Welfare recipients use them to draw down their benefits.

Democrats fought against the bill. They said it was paternalistic and offensive to poor people.

Bill sponsor Jimmie Smith explained that voting against his measure was like “voting for lap dances on taxpayer dollars.”

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