Social Policy

Tennessee law prohibiting welfare cards for liquor and lap dances flounders

A new Tennessee law that forbids people from using electronic benefit transfer cards at adult establishments including strip clubs and liquor stores hasn’t gone into effect — and one Memphis liquor store owner said no one has formally notified him of the change.

Harry Cardosi, owner of Uncle Harry’s liquor store, said his liquor license and other information about his business is on file with state officials in Nashville. So they ought to be able to find him.

The new law certainly affects him — Tennessee Watchdog’s examination of state records last year shows that some of Cardosi’s customers used EBT cards at his establishment.

He said state officials sometimes don’t generally notify him of new laws that affect his business.

If caught violating the law, Cardosi would have to pay fines of up to $1,000, according to the law.

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