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Assembly to vote on limiting food stamp purchases


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Food stamp recipients in Wisconsin would be limited in the types of food they buy, including how much of their allotment can be spent on junk food, under a bill up for a vote in the state Assembly.

The Assembly planned to vote on the Republican-sponsored measure Wednesday.

The bill would require food stamp recipients to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to purchase nutritional foods such as beef, chicken and produce.

Supporters say they want to prevent public benefits being used on junk food.

Users would also be barred from buying crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish.

The change would require a federal waiver, which no state has ever received.

The Assembly passed a similar bill last session but it never got a vote in the Senate.

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