Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1260
By Senator Bean
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to restrictions on use of public
3 assistance benefits; amending s. 402.82, F.S.;
4 prohibiting the use of electronic benefits transfer
5 cards to purchase soft drinks or candy; creating s.
6 414.457, F.S.; directing the Department of Children
7 and Families to request a waiver to prohibit the use
8 of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
9 to purchase soft drinks or candy; providing an
10 effective date.
12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
14 Section 1. Subsection (4) of section 402.82, Florida
15 Statutes, is amended to read:
16 402.82 Electronic benefits transfer program.—
17 (4) Use or acceptance of an electronic benefits transfer
18 card is prohibited at the following locations or for the
19 following activities:
20 (a) The purchase of an alcoholic beverage as defined in s.
21 561.01 and sold pursuant to the Beverage Law.
22 (b) The purchase of soft drinks or candy.
(b) An adult entertainment establishment as defined in
24 s. 847.001.
25 (d) (c) A pari-mutuel facility as defined in s. 550.002.
26 (e) (d) A slot machine facility as defined in s. 551.102.
27 (f) (e) A commercial bingo facility that operates outside
28 the provisions of s. 849.0931.
29 (g) (f) A casino, gaming facility, or gambling facility, or
30 any gaming activities authorized under part II of chapter 285.
31 Section 2. Section 414.457, Florida Statutes, is created to
33 414.457 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program;
34 purchases of soft drinks and candy prohibited.—The department
35 shall seek a waiver of federal requirements established under
36 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 7 U.S.C. ss. 2011
37 et seq., to prohibit persons from using SNAP benefits to
38 purchase soft drinks or candy.
39 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.