Lawmaker drops proposal to ban candy purchases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker from Kentucky's impoverished
Appalachian region has decided to drop a proposal that would have
banned welfare recipients from buying candy, soda and other sweets
with food stamp cards.

Democratic state Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro faced heated
criticism in his home district after he made the proposal earlier
this month. Some detractors accused him of trying to take candy
from children.

Nelson said Friday he withdrew the proposal because of the
uproar it triggered among his constituents in Bell and Harlan
counties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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