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