TALLAHASSEE, FL -- A Florida lawmaker wants to take a look at what is allowed to be purchased when it comes to using government assistance.
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Rep. Ralph Massullo, (R-34th District), proposed HB47, which will allow the state’s Department of Children and Families to ask the federal government for a waiver. The waiver would allow the state to ban the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to buy soft drinks, WTVT reported.
If the federal government denies the waiver, the bill allows for the request to be resubmitted each year until it is granted.
The bill will be part of the the 2018 legislative session starting in January.
The proposal was filed in August, and if passed would be put in effect on July 1.
Under current federal regulations, the following items are ineligible for purchase using government assistance:
Junk foods like soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are eligible items for SNAP participants.
SOURCE Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
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