LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A revised bill, designed to prevent the purchase of junk food with food stamps, was approved by a legislative panel Tuesday.
The changes passed today would have the Department of Health rather than the Department of Human Services decide what constitutes food with a “sufficient nutritional value.”
Supporters say its an effort to combat obesity. Others say it will place a costly burden on grocers.
“If people decided to go over to use their cards and go and shop across the border and would be face losing all that grocery business,” State Senator Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, said.
The bill is headed for a vote of the full House on Thursday. If it passes, the bill will then head to the Senate for consideration.
Even if the bill passes the State Legislature, questions about whether it will ever be implemented remain.
“SNAP” is a federal program and restrictions of this kind have not been allowed in the past.