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UPDATE: Opposition to Bill on Food Stamps for Junk Food

UPDATED Tuesday, April 9, 2013 --- 1:13 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 -- 6:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin state lawmaker has a plan to get food stamp users to eat healthier -- whether they want to or not.

The proposal's author, Republican Representative Dean Kaufert, said he wants people to spend more of their aid on foods with more nutritional value, such as bread and soups, and less on things like snacks and chips.

The proposal would have the state Department of Health Services set up guidelines that require a certain amount of benefits be spent on healthy foods.

Health experts say such requirements are unfair and probably wouldn't work.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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