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West Virginia House to vote on SNAP work requirements Tuesday


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates is slated to vote on a bill Tuesday that would impose a 20-hour-per-week work requirement on people receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

House Bill 4001 would require able-bodied adults age 18 to 49 to either work, volunteer or participate in workforce training programs for 20 hours per week to receive SNAP benefits.

Federal law established in 1996 calls for the work requirement but grants states the ability to waive it. West Virginia’s work requirement would not apply to military veterans or those responsible for the care of a child or a disabled person at least 65 years old.

 The bill would phase in the new requirements by county. Starting in October, it would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Resources from seeking waivers to the federal work requirements from applicants in 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.

All West Virginia counties would be prohibited from waiving work requirements under the bill in October 2021.

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