TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A House Republican filed a proposal Friday that seeks to prevent people from using food-assistance benefits to buy soft drinks.
The bill (HB 47) by Rep. Ralph Massullo, a dermatologist from Lecanto, is filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.
The proposal would direct the Florida Department of Children and Families to seek approval of a federal “waiver” that would allow the state to ban the use of benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy soft drinks.
The program traditionally was known as food stamps.
Is this a good bill or a bad bill? On the ugly side, it’s demeaning to select what people are allowed to consume. On the nice side, people won’t die as quickly once they cut down on imbibing poisonous and addictive substances.