RETAILERS DECRY FLORIDA'S SAS PULLOUT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida retailers are pushing the state to reverse its decision to pull out of a multistate electronic benefits transfer alliance.In what was described as a "sudden" move, Florida withdrew late last month from the Southern Alliance of States, whose developing EBT pilot is to serve as a model for a national system. Florida has initiated plans to develop its own EBT program and

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida retailers are pushing the state to reverse its decision to pull out of a multistate electronic benefits transfer alliance.

In what was described as a "sudden" move, Florida withdrew late last month from the Southern Alliance of States, whose developing EBT pilot is to serve as a model for a national system. Florida has initiated plans to develop its own EBT program and a legislative bill recently introduced calls for a July 1997 launch.

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