In particular, HB 751 seeks to prohibit the use of SNAP benefits for certain items.
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c),
a recipient may not use supplemental nutrition assistance
benefits to purchase:
(1) a sweetened beverage;
(2) candy ordinarily packaged and sold for consumption
without further preparation;
(3) potato or corn chips
ordinarily packaged and sold for consumption
without further preparation; or
(4) cookies ordinarily packaged and sold for consumption
without further preparation.HB 751 goes on to stipulate some exceptions, not all of which I have listed below. These two in particular would seem to allow for the purchase of diet drinks (Diet Coke) and some weight-loss beverages such as Slim Fast perhaps.
If these exemptions increase the likelihood of the bill's passage, it might be worthwhile. I understand that last time around, lobbyists such as grocers and soft drink companies came out in force against the previous bill.
(c) The prohibition under Subsection (b) does not apply
to the purchase of:
a beverage in which the only added sweetener does not add
calories to the beverage;
a beverage intended by the manufacturer for use for