TX bill to limit junk food bought with food stamps

POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 2:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:48pm

Some folks in Texas may soon be limited on how much junk food they can purchase.

State Representative Terry Canales, of Edinburg, authored House Bill 523, which would prevent those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from buying energy drinks.

"Energy drinks are potentially dangerous to children," said Canales. "There's nothing nutritious or healthy about these products and in fact they're potentially dangerous to children. We don't believe you should be able to use government funds to buy them."

Canales got numerous complaints from his constituents about people abusing SNAP funds. According to the USDA, as of September 2012, more than 4.1 million Texans are relying on the program. That's a 2.9 percent increase over the previous years.

State Representative Richard Pena Raymond, of Laredo, is taking it a step further outlawing all food stamps for the use of buying junk food with House Bill 751.

"You buy whatever you want. You want to buy two pounds of butter and go have that for supper that's your money you do whatever you want," Said Raymond "We should not be on the one hand using money tax dollars to buy junk food and then on the other hand using tax dollars to pay for health related diseases that come about because of junk food."


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