Tennessee lawmaker suggests banning food stamp recipients from ‘junk food’

Tennessee lawmaker Sheila Butt introduced a bill Thursday that would ban shoppers who rely on government assistance from buying junk food, sweets and other high-calorie snacks.“At the end of the day, if you’re on public assistance, you shouldn’t be using taxpayer dollars to consume junk food that leads to additional health problems and more taxpayer assistance to address those problems,” Butt said.

As reported by KPNX-TV, the proposed law would prohibit the purchase of food items that are high in calories, sugar and fat without any nutritional value and specifies cake, soda, ice cream, cookies and candy as examples.

If approved, the state would make an official list of banned food items