By JAKE ZUCKERMAN
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would impose a work requirement on many adults who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
House Bill 4001 passed by a 78-19 vote. Every Republican in attendance voted for it, as did 17 Democrats.
The bill prohibits the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources from exempting counties from federal SNAP work requirements, starting in October 2021. It also authorizes the DHHR to begin phasing in the requirements, in October of this year, for counties with a 12-month average unemployment rate below 10 percent, a 24-month unemployment rate 20 percent above the national average or those designated as “labor surplus areas” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
To qualify for SNAP benefits, applicants would need to work 20 hours per week as an employee, a volunteer or a participant in a workforce training program, or any combination of those.
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