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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

 6:02 PM 

Food stamp bill passes

The state Assembly voted 68-26 to pass a bill that would require that two-thirds of purchases made with food stamps meet nutrition standards outlined in the federal government’s Women, Infants and Children -- or WIC -- program.

While Dems said the goal of the legislation was important, they slammed the current language as divisive and ineffective.

“This bill, just like the FoodShare trafficking bill before it, is press release politics,” said Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee.

Fellow Milwaukee Dems Mandela Barnes and LaTonya Johnson said the foods qualifying under the bill are more expensive or, in some cases, unavailable in some areas of the city.

“If this was a perfect and fair world, I would be a co-author,” Johnson said.

Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, echoed those concerns, referencing “rural food deserts” in the state’s northern regions.

“This bill will force children to go hungry, mark my word,” Bewley said.

Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah, countered that while bill still provides one-third of food stamp benefits to buy “anything you want,” taxpayer funding should not be used for the types of products he’s seen from grocery and convenience store clerks.

“This bill ain’t the do-all, tell-all bill, but it is going to change some habits,” Kaufert said.

“Michelle Obama should be very proud of the state of Wisconsin right now,” added Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls.

The Assembly Org committee attached an emergency provision to the bill earlier today that would allow it to pass before the biennial budget despite having a fiscal estimate.


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