Okla. Senate panel OKs food stamp work mandates

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 3:04 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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