Push to limit WV food stamp benefits appears dead

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press The House shelved a Senate bill that would severely limit the types of food that could be bought with food stamps.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press The House shelved a Senate bill that would severely limit the types of food that could be bought with food stamps.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press
The House shelved a Senate bill that would severely limit the types of food that could be bought with food stamps.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates has shelved a Senate bill that would severely restrict the types food that people could purchase with food stamps.

Members of the House Health Committee discussed the legislation (SB 626) for nearly 30 minutes Thursday before voting to table the bill. The House is not expected to take up the legislation again this session, which ends March 12.

The bill would have required the state to seek a waiver from the federal government to limit benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to healthier food purchases approved under the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.

The federal government has denied similar waiver requests from other states.

“No state has been able to secure a waiver like this…

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