Senate Approves Bill To Block EBT Cards From Strip Clubs, Casinos
By Matt O'Hern // April 8, 2013
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UPDATE: Governor Rick Scott signed Florida House Bill 701, which is similar bill to Senate Bill 1048. HB 701 bans welfare recipients from using EBT cards at “adult entertainment establishments” like strip clubs and casinos.
Introduced by Florida Senator Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) , Senate Bill 1048 seeks to prohibit welfare recipients from using debit-like electronic cards to access cash benefits at strip clubs, liquor stores and gambling establishments.
The bill ‘s official language reads:
“Providing that an electronic benefits transfer card may not be used or accepted at certain establishments licensed under the Beverage Law, an adult entertainment establishment, a pari-mutuel facility, a slot machine facility, an unauthorized commercial bingo facility, a casino, a gaming facility or gambling facility, or any gaming activities authorized under part II of ch. 285, etc.”
If Florida Senate Bill 1048 is signed into law by Governor Scott, it will go into effect in October, 2013.