For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2013
DCF Northwest Region Communications Director
DCF Push to Ensure Temporary Assistance is Helping Needy Families Approved by Florida House, Ready for Full Senate Vote
TALLAHASSEE – On Thursday, the Florida House of Representatives approved House Bill 701, sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Smith, which eliminates access to public assistance funds at liquor stores, adult entertainment establishments, internet cafes, and other gambling establishments.
The Senate companion – SB 1048 sponsored by Sen. Andy Gardiner – was also approved on Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee and is ready for a vote by the full Senate.
"It is our Department's priority to let taxpayers know their tax dollars are being used prudently," said Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins. "Temporary cash assistance is intended to help families become independent and self-sufficient, and any money withdrawn at these locations is not being used to help needy families."
Last year, the federal government allowed Florida and other states to pass legislation prohibiting adult entertainment establishments, pari-mutuel facilities, casinos, gaming facilities, internet cafes, commercial bingo facilities, and liquor stores from accepting state cash benefits via EBT cards.
For more information on the Department's oversight of this federal program, go to www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assist....