'Junk Food Bill' Advances to Full Assembly
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/01/2013
A Wisconsin Assembly committee has given its blessing to the so-called 'Junk Food Bill,' which would limit the amount of food stamp benefits that could be spent on items with less nutritional value.
Rep. Dean Kaufert from Neenah introduced the measure. He says the original bill would require people enrolled in the state nutrition assistance program, known as FoodShare or food stamps, to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on items such as milk, bread and vegetables. They could spend their
remaining benefits on any authorized food.
FoodShare uses federal money to help low-income people buy almost any food, except for alcoholic products, cigarettes and restaurant meals. About 15 percent of Wisconsin's population received food stamp benefits in March.
The measure was passed by the State Affairs Committee by a vote of 7-2 on Tuesday. The full Assembly will take up the proposal in May.
Last month, the Assembly passed a bill that would make it illegal to sell or transfer food stamp benefits for cash, or trading them for alcohol or tobacco products.