By JAKE ZUCKERMAN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A House of Delegates committee sent to the floor Monday a bill that would impose work requirements on people receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A vast majority of speakers testified against House Bill 4001 at a public hearing Monday morning. However, in two subsequent sessions, the House Judiciary Committee considered two new versions of the bill, which become generally available to the public only upon approval.
The committee substitutes include legislative changes that the counsel for the committee described as “substantive and significant.”
House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, said he sees no problem with introducing a substitute for a bill after the public has spoken about its original language.
“That’s the way it’s always been done here, as far as I know,” he said. “We have a limited amount of time to get our report done, it’s typical that the public hearing is held close in time. The committee substitute could be easily rejected, it’s always in a state of evolution as to what the bill is going to look like. That’s why we let folks know that the bill can change in its form, not only in the committee substitute, but as it develops through committee.”
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