Texas lawmaker seeks to ban junk food on Lone Star Card purchases
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:25:13 GMT —
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 said obesity and diabetes are also costing the state millions of dollars in health care.Click here to read a full copy of House Bill 1151