Florida Lawmakers Approve DCF-Backed Bill to Ensure Temporary Assistance Helps Families in Times of Need

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2013

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Florida Lawmakers Approve DCF-Backed Bill to Ensure Temporary Assistance Helps Families in Times of Need

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate on Friday approved Senate Bill 1048, sponsored by Sen. Andy Gardiner, which eliminates access to public assistance funds at liquor stores, adult entertainment establishments, internet cafes, and other gaming establishments. The House companion – HB 701 sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Smith – was approved last week by the Florida House of Representatives. HB 701 is on its way to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for signature.

“I want to thank Sen. Gardiner and Rep. Smith for sponsoring the bills and the Florida Legislature for supporting our agency’s push to ensure temporary assistance is helping families,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins. “This is a victory for Florida taxpayers who can now know that their hard-earned tax dollars are truly being used to help needy families get back on their feet so they can become independent and self-sufficient.”

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, visit www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assist....

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