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Strange allies: Joe Redner and Ronda Storms agree on strip club provision of bill



On this, believe it or not, Tampa strip club king Joe Redner and conservative firebrand Sen. Ronda Storms agree:

Welfare recipients should not be allowed to use government-issued debit cards in strips clubs or casinos.

After years of bitter clashes over Redner's Tampa strip club empire, Redner and Storms are oddly aligned in favor of a bill that would prohibit people from accessing government cash at places like Redner's Mons Venus strip club or the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

"I don't think the people who are getting money from the government for their kids should be able to use their damn cards in strip clubs," Redner said. "It's expensive! I charge $20 to get into Mons Venus."

Storms' bill, SB 1658, made national headlines for its attempts to regulate where and how people could spend their government assistance.

The House this week scrapped a part of the bill that banned food stamp recipients from using federal dollars on junk food.

But, by a 92-23 margin, it kept in place language that prohibits welfare debit withdrawals out-of-state as well as at strip clubs and casinos.

Story here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 6:40pm]


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