TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida is banning welfare recipients from using EBT cards at “adult entertainment establishments” like strip clubs and casinos.
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed the bill (HB 701) into law. It was one of 36 bills that Scott signed.
EBT cards – standing for electronic benefit transfer – are like debit cards. Welfare recipients use them to draw down their benefits.
Critics called the bill offensive to poor people. But the bill’s sponsor said that voting against his measure was like “voting for lap dances on taxpayer dollars.”
Other bills signed by Scott included a contentious environmental permitting bill (HB 999) and a cyberbullying bill (HB 609).
The cyberbullying measure would let schools discipline students for cyberbullying done through use of a school computer or on a school bus.