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Fla. bill would ban using food stamps for stripper, casino tabs
BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | March 16, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley

Posted on 03/16/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT by Moseley

Florida’s strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, pornographic video shops and bookstores would no longer receive food stamps and welfare money, if a bill filed by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Inverness, passes the Legislature. Last week, the House’s Healthy Families Subcommittee approved HB 701, and it continues to progress through Tallahassee.

Last year, Jacksonville’s Action News found that food stamp cards were being used at strip clubs, bars and gaming centers in Jacksonville, saying, “No one is tracking how or where the money is being spent.” The Florida Department of Children and Families officials told Action News reporter Ashley Coleman that recipients can “use the card to buy anything you want.” DCF said it lacked laws needed to prevent such abuses. Similar revelations have been reported in New York and California.

Smith’s measure would require that “an electronic benefits transfer card may not be used or accepted at certain establishments” and specify “penalties for violations of card use restrictions.” Although food stamps are dispursed under a federal program, they are managed by the states. Smith’s proposed reform is authorized by a section of the federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, meant to fix the problem.

ATM machines can be used to withdraw food stamp cash almost anywhere. Paper food stamps in their old form are obsolete. Recipients now get pre-paid debit cards called EBT, or electronic benefit transfer, cards. EBT cards allow recipients to spend the funds anywhere a credit card or debit card is accepted, for almost anything. The pre-paid cards are recharged regularly with money from the government.

Strip clubs and casinos presumably install ATM machines to exploit the weaknesses of patrons tempted to spend more than they should. In many states, millions of dollars from government assistance funds have been spent on the ATM fees alone at such establishments, according to media reports. Presumably, the cash can be spent at the strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores, etc., without any paper trail.

Smith’s HB 701 comes as nearly 48 million Americans are receiving food stamps. The program has increased by 135 percent, and the number participating has increased by 70 percent over the last four years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Government Accountability Office found that the number of food stamp recipients has doubled and that the costs have increased four-fold over the last decade.

Government Accountability Office auditors found that $460 million of food stamp benefits went to ineligible recipients. A gas station clerk in California recently revealed that some on food stamps have as much as $7,000 unused on their EBT card, prompting investigations in California, according to media reports.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Delaware; US: Florida; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: casinos; foodstamps; fraud; strippers

1 posted on 03/16/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT by Moseley
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To: Moseley

Even better would be limiting EBT purchases to meat, milk, eggs, bread and vegetables.


2 posted on 03/16/2013 10:07:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Moseley

It is patently egregious that this wasn’t prevented in the first place. Who the hell was the fricking governor down there? Didn’t do their job, probably wouldn’t be a good president, either.


3 posted on 03/16/2013 10:09:27 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: martin_fierro

Oh noes noes noes....you can’t dictate the diet of what an Obama voter eats! /sarc.....(The Wookie’s School and Fast Food Dictates, Bloomberg, et al....)


4 posted on 03/16/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Moseley

The Dems will fight this mean-spirited attempt to deny the poor a few of life’s humble pleasures.


5 posted on 03/16/2013 10:11:49 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: martin_fierro

Even better....let them have to go to a food bank every week. That should get rid of a few million leaches.


6 posted on 03/16/2013 10:13:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: martin_fierro

But... this is bad for business.

Just imagine all the strip clubs and casinos that will see a decrease in their business. Not to mention the individual strippers who are benefiting from these purchases.

Definitely an anti-business bill.

/sarc


7 posted on 03/16/2013 10:16:00 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Moseley
I can hear the liberal whining now, "What good are food stamps if you can't use them at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores?!"
8 posted on 03/16/2013 10:17:42 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Moseley

Another evil racist Republican is trying to make life miserable for the downtrodden.


9 posted on 03/16/2013 10:18:13 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Moseley

Either give them the money or don’t. Monitoring the peeps use of money is expensive and totalitarian.


10 posted on 03/16/2013 10:26:20 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Moseley

This will be unpopular, but I want to know how much is this gonna cost the state? Because the folks who want to gamble their money away will still do it. They’ll just buy food and sell it on the street, 10 cents to the dollar. So if this costs the taxpayer more money, then forget it.


11 posted on 03/16/2013 10:27:36 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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Yet another ‘story’ that deep in your heart you know we have reached this point

BUT

“We” keep looking for the Satire label— for, just as deep in your heart, you never really believed you would live long enough to see such a ridiculous story.

Wasn’t it Ronald Reagan who said one of his first acts as Governor was to have people ‘pick up their checks in person’, which enabled them to purge the rolls and save billions.

So, in retaliation, ‘they’ have now done away with the stigma of food stamps, stopped sending checks and now ‘the USERS’ get their money placed in a bank account and given a card to use.

So, when the state grants drivers licenses to illegals and the Fed/States give ‘bank accounts’ to the illegals, it is kind of hard for ‘Us’ Mortals to pick them out of a crowd and YET be able to blame ‘US’ for hiring the same people ‘they’ are ‘making legal’ when they decide to do a little soul searching..... and want to ‘fine’ us for hiring them, then ‘fine’ us when we try to check the people out, and -heaven forbid you make a mistake - ‘They’ assist in suing you for whatever charges come to mind.

Ain’t life grand???


12 posted on 03/16/2013 10:32:55 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: Moseley

It is a tragedy, IMO, that any state legislature has to waste time with special legislation to ban the use of public funds for this garbage.

These cards should be limited to meat, milk and veggies. No beer, soda, junk food, cake, pies, candy, etc., etc.

I don’t mind feeding people in need, but I want them to want enough other things that they will be inspired to get off of public assistance so they can buy whatever they choose.


13 posted on 03/16/2013 10:57:47 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Moseley

14 posted on 03/16/2013 11:15:51 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: Moseley
Florida’s strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, pornographic video shops and bookstores would no longer receive food stamps and welfare money, if a bill filed by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Inverness, passes the Legislature.

If it passes the legislature? I would like to see the legislator supporting the use of food stamps at strip clubs.

15 posted on 03/16/2013 11:19:00 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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The pre-paid cards are recharged regularly with money from the government.

That is a lie. The money comes from the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. And I, for one, am tired of paying for these kinds of abuses.

16 posted on 03/16/2013 11:20:15 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: madprof98

“Poor and Blacks dis-proportionately affected”....the ol’ rhetoric that covers everything from background checks, Voter ID, welfare benefits, to PELL Grants and cash handouts from FEMA......


17 posted on 03/16/2013 1:48:35 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: Moseley

I can’t figure out why someone put this on the Virginia page.... ?


18 posted on 03/19/2013 10:18:31 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

Well, (a) I am in the Northern Virginia Tea Party, and

(b) let’s get the Virginia legislature on this.

Other than that, mea culpa. Sorry.


19 posted on 03/19/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: Paladin2

Take the King’s Coin, Do the King’s bidding.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 10:49:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Moseley

I couldn’t figure out how this topic had anything to do with us in Virginia! :^)


21 posted on 03/19/2013 11:37:52 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Moseley

How was it possible for this to happen IN THE FIRST PLACE????


22 posted on 03/19/2013 11:44:22 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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