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Federal/State:Florida
Bill:FL SB 552 - SNAP EBT at farmers' markets
Summary:Would authorize certain owners or operators of farmers' markets, community farmers' markets, flea markets, and other open-air markets selling fresh produce to allow certain authorized Food and Nutrition Service groups, associations, or third-party organizations to implement and operate electronic benefits transfer systems for the purpose of accepting SNAP benefits in such markets.
Sponsor(s):Thompson
Status:
As of 1/13/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Florida
Bill:FL HB 353 - Allow farmers markets to sell fresh produce and accept EBT cards
Summary:Would require certain owners & operators of farmers' markets, community farmers' markets, flea markets, & other open-air markets selling fresh produce to allow authorized Food & Nutrition Service groups, associations, & third-party organizations to operate EBT systems in such markets.
Sponsor(s):Reggie Fullwood (D)
Status:
As of 3/17/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Florida
Bill:FL HB 515 - Fraud and penalities associated with food assistance programs
Summary:Would provide enhanced criminal penalties if value of public assistance or identification wrongfully received, retained, misappropriated, sought, or used is of an aggregate value exceeding specified amounts. Would provide a reward for reporting original information relating to violation of state's public assistance fraud laws if information and the report meet specified requirements. Would require that the parent or caretaker relative who has been disqualified due to fraud have protective payee designated t
Sponsor(s):Jimmie Todd Smith (R) (co-sponsor Van Zant)
Status:
As of 3/17/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.

Federal/State:Florida
Bill:FL SB 1084 - Penalities associated with food assistance program fraud
Summary:Would provide enhanced criminal penalties if value of public assistance or identification wrongfully received, retained, misappropriated, sought, or used is of an aggregate value exceeding specified amounts. Would provide a reward for reporting original information relating to violation of state's public assistance fraud laws if information and the report meet specified requirements. Would require that the parent or caretaker relative who has been disqualified due to fraud have protective payee designated t
Sponsor(s):Jimmie Todd Smith (R) (co-sponsor Van Zant)
Status:
As of 3/18/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.