Bill: No sweets with food stamps

Cookies, cakes, more would be banned from Florida program

Published On: Feb 06 2012 11:59:56 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 06 2012 01:10:49 PM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A Florida lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of food stamps to purchase snacks and sweets, such as cookies and cakes.

Republican State Sen. Ronda Storms, of Valrico, says her goal is to stop a small percentage of recipients who misuse food stamps.

Her bill would also require food stamp recipients to take state-run classes on healthy eating and how making your own baked goods is cheaper than store-made sweets.

The bill is moving through state committees in Tallahassee.

Critics say the government shouldn't be telling people what to eat.

Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, of Pompano Beach, also says the educational provision is demeaning to minorities and the poor by implying they aren't smart enough to make their own choices.

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Watch Local 6 and visit ClickOrlando.com for more on this story as it works its way through the state legislature.