BUSINESS

Jindal signs bill to restrict EBT card purchases

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal recently signed HB1176 by Rep. Chris Broadwater to prohibit retailers such as adult-oriented entertainment stores, liquor stores and nail salons from accepting public cash assistance benefits intended only for basic necessities like food and shelter.

The law also prohibits recipients from using benefits to make purchases at adult paraphernalia stores, tattoo shops and jewelry stores. It also prohibits the purchase of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, lottery tickets or jewelry from any retailer.

Under the bill, retailers that violate the law by accepting benefits will be subject to penalties in the form of fines including $500 for a first violation and up to $2,500 for a third or any additional violation.

Benefit recipients face a 12-month disqualification from the programs for a first offense. A second offense will result in being disqualified for 24 months. Third offenses will result in a permanent disqualification.