EBT Cards Banned at Strip Clubs by Florida Senate

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The days of using your welfare card to make it rain on some fine ladies dancing on the pole, and then getting yourself some booze, is now officially a thing of the past.

On Friday morning, with no debate, the Florida Senate unanimously approved the bill that will not allow the use of state issued electronic benefits cards at strip clubs, liquor stores, or casinos.

The measure will now head to Gov Rick Scott's desk to become official.

The bill, HB 701, which is sponsored by Republican state Rep. Jimmie Smith, makes it illegal to use Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits specifically at strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, and porn shops.

So you're just going to have to get yourself a second job if you want to see some boobies, or get yourself a fap mag.

Those on TANF benefits get a form of debit card called an EBT from the state. They operate different from traditional food stamps, in that the cards can be used to buy just about anything without any restrictions. Until now, that is.

According to Smith, the law is necessary to keep the state from losing out on getting federal public assistance.

"It has always been my agenda to make sure that if anybody is going to use tax dollars, it's used to help," Smith said of the bill back in March. "In that, not only are we in compliance with the federal government but our tax dollars will be used to help people who really need help -- and not for personal entertainment."

Of course, this is the same Jimmie Smith who once sponsored a bill requiring people to pass a drug test to receive government assistance. So there's that.

So, to recap things so far: Thanks to the Florida Legislature, we're closer to not being able to buy ourselves a bong in the state, people won't be getting medical insurance and poor people won't be able to go to the titty bar or get a couple of beers.

So, we're basically Utah now.

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Ameshia Westbrook
Ameshia Westbrook

Why would any club allow a link card in a club who ever it is needs to be reported to many people really in need and will spend on looking for employment and important need so stuiped why even post how low can we go...

Rory O Connor
Rory O Connor

Incredible. And we wonder how this country got to the edge of the financial cliff...

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

Good. Now make them unable to be used at resturaunts, to buy cigarettes, or really to but anything that isn't a necessity and we'll be in better shape.

Michael Kellett
Michael Kellett

Rachel, didn't read the article...and you may smooch my ass ;)~ read that!

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Apparently they were at some point in time... Do you know how to read?

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