Richard Raymond's Anti-Junk food bill continues forward
There's a move in the Texas Legislature to restrict what people can buy with the Lone Star Card.
The card is used by Food Stamp program recipients to purchase food at supermarkets and convenience stores across the state.
Texas State Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) is sponsoring House Bill 1151 to ban junk food like potato chips, candy, sodas and cookies from Lone Star Card purchases.
Raymond said allowing junk food purchases on the card is promoting poor nutritional habits and encouraging obesity. The Laredo lawmaker also said obesity and diabetes are also costing the state millions of dollars in health care.
From Richard Raymond's HB 1151: Prohibiting certain items to be purchased with SNAP
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a recipient may not use supplemental nutritional assistance benefits to purchase:
(1) a sweetened beverage;
(2) another sugary food item; or
(3) any food item, regardless of natural or artificial sweetener content, that contains more than 10 grams of fat per serving, according to the manufacturer's label on the food or other documentation by the manufacturer, as required by state or federal law.
Will be still allowed:
(c) The prohibition under Subsection (b) does not apply to the purchase of:
(1) a milk product;
(2) a milk substitute, including soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk;
(3) a beverage in which the only added sweetener does not add calories to the beverage;
(4) a beverage intended by the manufacturer for consumption by an infant that is commonly referred to as "infant formula";
(5) a beverage intended by the manufacturer for use for weight reduction; or
(6) a fruit or vegetable juice to which no sugar has been added.