CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPESS) – A new bill introduced in the House of Delegates this week could change the requirements necessary for West Virginians to received SNAP benefits.
Filed for introduction and introduced in the House on Monday, House Bill 5642 relates to the expansion of employment and training requirements required by the state in order for individuals to be considered eligible to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits – formerly known as, “food stamps.”
The bill would amend West Virginia State Code to assign all individuals over the age of 17 and under the age of 60 to an employment and training program with certain exemptions. Such exemptions would include the following:
– Individuals currently complying with a work registration requirement
– Students enrolled at a recognized school, training program, or higher learning institution at a minimum of half-time hours
– Those employed a minimum of 30 hours a week or receiving weekly earnings equivalent to the minimum hourly rate as outline in the Fair Labor Standards act of 1938
– Parents or other household members responsible for the care of an incapacitated person or child under the age of six
– Individuals regularly participating in a drug addiction or alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation program
– Those between the ages of 16 and 18 who are not the head of a household and are attending school or are enrolled in an employment training program on at half-time basis or greater
Delegate Jefferies (R-61) is the lead sponsor of the legislation, which has seen support in the House from co-sponsors Delegates Hott (R-85), Heckert (R-13), and Barnhart (R-9).
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Human Resources following its introduction on Monday.
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