Good. Now on to the Senate.
Under the junk food bill, food stamp recipients would have to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to purchase nutritional foods such as beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, dairy products, fresh produce and food available under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Users would be barred from buying crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish.
The Assembly also passed a pair of bills that would require drug tests for applicants for state job training programs such as Wisconsin Works and certain applicants for unemployment benefits. Since state law requires able-bodied people who don’t have dependent children to get job training to receive food stamps, the drug test requirement would also apply to some food stamp recipients.
Under the bills, applicants for the public benefits and job training programs would first have to complete a questionnaire screening for drug abuse. Based on the answers, applicants could be forced to undergo state-funded tests and enter state-sponsored treatment to retain their eligibility.