Opposition to bill on food stamps for junk food

the Associated Press

Inside the State Capitol in Madison. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Opposition to bill on food stamps for junk food

CREATED Apr. 9, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin food industry leaders say the state shouldn't tell food stamp users how to eat healthy.

At a public hearing Tuesday at the Capitol, Brandon Scholz of the Wisconsin Grocers Association criticized a bill that would block food stamp users from buying items like chips, soda and candy bars.

Scholz said the bill would create an embarrassing and even contentious moment where cashiers have to tell people what they can't buy.

Rep. Dean Kaufert, a Republican from Neenah, sponsors the bill. He says it's intended to promote healthy eating.

Other opponents of the bill said it would be impossible to keep up with the thousands of new products each year to tell which are junk food and which aren't.
 

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