(BizPacReview) 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.