Trafficking EBT Cards could soon Become a Felony in Florida SB 218
People living off EBT cards could soon face harsher penalties for trading them for cash, drugs, or guns.
The cards are supposed to be used for buying groceries.
“Healthy foods,” said Anna Troyer of Fort Myers. “Basic healthy foods.”
Senator Travis Hutson, a Republican from northeast Florida is sponsoring SB 218.
The bill would make trafficking EBT cards a first-degree misdemeanor. A second offense would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Sheila Gayle has lived in Fort Myers her entire life.
“To take away food out of the mouth of a child…to do something like that, that’s sad,” said Gayle.
A separate bill in the House of Representatives would make possessing two or more someone else’s EBT cards a third-degree felony.