Bill would ban food stamp use on junk food, soda, energy drinks

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(WFLA) – A bill making its way through the Texas legislature would prevent food stamp recipients from using their benefits on certain foods.

State Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Baytown, proposed a rule that would ban food stamp use on energy drinks and any beverages containing at least 54 milligrams of caffeine per 8 fluid ounces. Coffee is exempt from this list. 

The proposal, H.B. No. 4364, would also ban people from using food stamps to buy some potato or corn chips, cookies and candies. 

Households would still be able to use SNAP benefits on fruit and vegetable juices. 

To read the bill in its entirety, click here

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