Wisconsin State Assembly
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Public aid recipients in Wisconsin would be limited in how much junk food they could buy and forced to undergo screenings for illegal drug use under bills passed Wednesday by the state Assembly.
The Republican-sponsored measures face an uncertain future, however. They still must pass the Senate, which last session refused to take up the junk food bill. Also, it would take hard-to-get federal waivers to enact the junk food restriction and drug tests for food stamp recipients.
There are also concerns about whether the state would allocate enough money to pay for the drug tests or the grocery store software needed to track food purchases.
Still, Republican supporters pushed forward Wednesday, saying they wanted to make sure that beneficiaries of public programs are eating healthy food and not doing drugs, making them more employable.
"With help from the government comes responsibility, " said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in a news conference prior to debate.
Under the junk food bill, food stamp recipients would have to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to purchase nutritional foods such as beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, dairy products, fresh produce and food available under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Users would be barred from buying crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish.
Democrats and other opponents - including a coalition of businesses that worry the limitations would be bad for Wisconsin food products - have argued that the measure was an overreach.
Grocery stores have also balked at the proposal because new software would have to be installed to track spending by food stamp users, which is estimated to cost as much as $55 million.
Rep. Andy Jorgenson, D-Milton, said Republicans were pursuing the issue to try to distract from other unpopular proposals in Gov. Scott Walker's state budget.
"You've decided that being the food police might make you more popular, " Jorgenson said.
The federal government funds food stamp benefits. The limitations imposed under the bill would require a federal waiver, something no other state has received for such a proposal.
The bill passed on a 60-35 vote, with all Democrats voting against and all Republicans in favor except for Reps. Adam Neylon, of Pewaukee, and Jessie Rodriguez, of Franklin.
The Assembly also passed a pair of bills that would require drug tests for applicants for state job training programs such as Wisconsin Works and certain applicants for unemployment benefits. Since state law requires able-bodied people who don't have dependent children to get job training to receive food stamps, the drug test requirement would also apply to some food stamp recipients.How to get rid of depression? How to become a pro gamer – 8 tips from the pros.? What does endometriosis look like? How you love yourself is how you teach meaning? What percentage is paid on tips that i make? how to install linkedin helper How to beat giovanni november 2021? how to cook hamburger helper without covering How to screen record mac? How much calories should i eat to lose weight? What does the name bruce mean? What year was blonde tips a thing? Tips on how to straighten your hair faster? What does a branded title mean? How long to cook salmon at 350? Tricks on how to use the spray adhesive for car headliner? How to stop junk mail? What are symptoms of a heart attack? Make up tricks for older women whose eyebrows are hooded? How long does it take to make beef tips? What is dancing called that tricks the mind? how much to get a helper How to get a job at interview tips/d/? Tricks to motivate yourself when you want to quit? Ap bio what other way could you determine how fast the rate of mitosis is occuring in root tips? how to call one helper from another in salesforce lightning How to do cool tricks skating? What sayest thou meaning? What is dieting tips? How to watch tnt? How to jitterbug dance tricks pop around back? Tips on how to get viruses out of the regestry? What is the meaning of the name kathleen? Why are my grass tips brown? What is the meaning of red cardinals? What does 4matic mean? What is the meaning of 95 percent confidence interval? How to get rid of chiggers? What is satellite internet meaning? How to draw lips? What does dynamic mean? How many ounces of beef tips in a pound? What does midst mean? How to control alt delete on a mac? How to get rid of knee pain? How long to pressure cook chicken? What does npi mean? How to open a pomegranate? What does kith mean? Tips on how to fight gaia botania? What does it mean to be stubborn? How to make your dog happy tips? What does natural flavors mean? What does baking soda do? What does caliente mean in spanish? What does st patrick's day mean? What does a business analyst do? What does h mean? What is aeiou tips used for? What does torah mean? What are the branches? What are samosas? Whose meaning in punjabi? How to remove popcorn ceilings? What are the fansy tricks with the toyota rav4? what is a helper method ruby How to turn tricks for just a little bit? What does mta stand for? What is the meaning of current? What does the name ashley mean? Funny tricks when your friend is afk in minecraft? What is the meaning of the song blinding lights? What does atom mean? How much does it cost to refinish hardwood floors? How to find recursive formula tips and tricks? What religion are muslims? How to send an email? Tips on how to make a good funnel cake? What is vitamin d good for? how to become a helper skyrealms How to cross country ski? How to stop your period naturally? How long do rib tips take to grill? how to remove iskysoft helper What does it mean when ur finger tips itch? What does it mean when my shoulder hurts? How to make slime with contact solution? How to measure whitle tips catheters? What does it mean when someone asks how's tricks? How to relieve bladder inflammation? What does iso mean in text? What is hypothesis tips? What does rumbling mean? What does referral mean? What is a sprain? How to curl short hair with flat iron? What does acos mean? How to answer why you want to work here? How to become a travel nurse?