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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXX
SOCIAL WELFARE
Chapter 414
FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY
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F.S. 414.456
414.456 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; transactions in fresh produce markets.
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Market” means a farmers’ market, community farmers’ market, flea market, or other open-air market.
(b) “SNAP” means the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program established under 7 U.S.C. ss. 2011 et seq.
(2)(a) The owner or operator of a market selling fresh produce who is not an authorized SNAP retailer may allow an authorized Food and Nutrition Service group or association of produce sellers that is actively participating in produce sales in the market, or an authorized Food and Nutrition Service third-party organization, to implement and operate an electronic benefits transfer system for purposes of accepting SNAP benefits in the market on behalf of the produce sellers to the extent and manner allowed by federal law and regulation.
(b) The authorized Food and Nutrition Service group, association, or third-party organization responsible for implementation and operation of the electronic benefits transfer system may not be another market that competes with the market being served.
(c) The market owner or operator shall reasonably accommodate the authorized Food and Nutrition Service group, association, or third-party organization in the implementation and operation of an electronic benefits transfer system for purposes of accepting SNAP benefits.
(d) SNAP benefits may only be used for the purchase of fresh produce or other fresh food on a dollar-for-dollar basis and may not be traded for tokens or other means of trade for nonproduce items.
(3) This section does not:
(a) Apply to a market selling fresh produce whose owner or operator has an electronic benefits transfer system for accepting SNAP benefits in the market.
(b) Prohibit an authorized Food and Nutrition Service produce seller in a market selling fresh produce from operating his or her own electronic benefits transfer system as part of his or her customer transaction options.
(c) Require a market owner or operator to create, operate, or maintain an electronic benefits transfer system on behalf of its produce sellers.
History.s. 1, ch. 2016-51.