Local lawmaker wants EBT cards banned at fast food restaurants

A Republican state lawmaker out of east Mesa has put a proposal on the table to ban welfare recipients from using their EBT cards at fast food restaurants.

Currently, elderly and disabled citizens can use their EBT cards to purchase fast food. And according to State Representative Kelly Townsend, fast food typically costs about $7 per person.

She wants that tax payer money to be spent on more nutritional food.

"This bill is not about big government telling a person what they can eat and what they can't eat," says Townsend. "This is about being fiscally responsible with the people's money."

Townsend says her bill should be assigned to a committee in the next few weeks after the legislative session begins.
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