Senators reject decision-making in food stamps work mandate
BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected a bid to give lawmakers authority to determine whether food stamp recipients should have to work to get federal assistance.
Rep. Jay Morris, a Monroe Republican, had won House support for his proposal to require legislative approval to seek a federal waiver of the work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults who receive food stamps.
But he was unable to persuade the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, which voted 4-2 against the bill Wednesday. The vote fell along party lines, with Democrats opposed to the measure and Republicans supporting it.
Gov. John Bel Edwards received federal approval to keep the work requirements from taking effect earlier this year. But he's coupled that with a new job training requirement that begins July 1.
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