DENVER, Colo. - A bill sponsored by Senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) to ban the use of EBT cards at ATM's located in stores that sell marijuana and at adult-oriented entertainment establishments passed the Senate on second reading today.
"Colorado is a compassionate state that believes in providing a helping hand when our neighbors are in need, but we also expect certain standards when it comes to the use of welfare benefits," said Senator Marble. "There is no reason for public benefits to be used for the purchase of marijuana products or adult entertainment and this legislation takes a common sense approach to preventing that from happening. Furthermore, allowing the withdrawal of public benefits to continue at these locations will endanger federal dollars that currently support Colorado’s system of public benefits. I’m very proud we were able to get this legislation out of the Senate this year and I urge the House and Governor to join the Senate in supporting these reasonable restrictions."
Senator Marble proposed legislation to achieve the same goal in the 2014 legislative session, but it was killed by Democrats in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee. The federal government gave Colorado until 2014 to come into compliance with federal law concerning EBT cards. Senator Marble’s bill, if passed by the House and signed by the Governor, would achieve this goal.
Investigative reports conducted by FOX31 Denver in both 2014 and 2015 have demonstrated that public benefits are being withdrawn from ATM’s located in Colorado pot shops and adult entertainment establishments.
Senate Bill 15-065 will be voted on one final time before being sent to the House for consideration.