Okla. Senate panel OKs food stamp work mandates

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Updated: 3/26/2013 7:24 am Published: 3/26/2013 7:21 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Certain food stamp recipients would be required to work at least 20 hours per week under a bill that easily cleared a Senate panel, despite concern from Democrats the bill chips away at safety nets for low-income Oklahomans.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 on Monday for the bill by House Speaker T.W. Shannon. It would apply to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50 and who are without children.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

It's one of several measures being pushed by Republican legislators this session that target programs for needy Oklahomans.

Another one of Shannon's bills approved by the committee directs money in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be used to fund pro-marriage public service announcements.

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agannan - 3/26/2013 9:55 AM
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Great. Just another reason people will use to have children; to keep their welfare without having to work. I previously worked for an agency that provided assistance to individuals with low or no income. I was digusted at how many people took advantage of the welfare system. Yes, there are good, honest people who need the assistance. But I guarantee you there are more people taking advantage of it. Many of these people were women who had "welfare babies." One woman even admitted to me that the only reason she is pregnant for the third time (three different fathers) is so she can qualify for more assistance. It is digusting!
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