Proposed bill would block use of food stamps for soda in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) - A bill proposed, Friday, may stop Florida residents from buying soda with food stamps.

According to WESH, the bill, HB 47, was presented by Rep. Ralph Massullo, a dermatologist from Lecanto, and is filed for the 2018 legislative session.

The proposal would have the Florida Department of Children and Families seek a federal waiver, allowing the state block the purchase of soft drinks with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

The 2018 legislation will begin in January.

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