Committee won’t recommend bill to increase food stamp requirements

Monitor staff
Friday, October 27, 2017

A House committee voted not to recommend a bill that would have imposed additional requirements on food stamp recipients Thursday, after months of attempted revisions in the Senate and House.

Senate Bill 7, which passed the Senate last session and was proposed by Sen. Kevin Avard, R-Nashua, would have originally scaled back the income eligibility thresholds to receive food stamps in New Hampshire to the federally mandated levels, among other things.

The bill was put through numerous changes last session, including workforce requirements that were added and removed at various stages.

Recently, a pared down version that would have mandated recipients pay child support before receiving food stamps was voted inexpedient to legislate by a House subcommittee work session chaired by Rep. William Marsh, R-Wolfeboro.

On Thursday the full committee voted to do the same, 20-0. It will now go before the House next legislative session.

Avard said he won’t likely introduce further legislation to amend food stamps. “The House has spoken,” he said.