Hearing Held on Food Stamp Bill

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The Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children held a contentious hearing this week on SB 4, sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville). The bill would impose new sanctions on recipients who fail to comply with federal work requirements. Both adults and children would lose their SNAP benefits under the program if SB 4 were to pass.

The bill was scheduled to be heard last week, but Sen. Sater delayed the hearing due to time constraints. At the hearing this week, SB 4 was again scheduled to go first when Sen. Sater (chair of the committee) let another bill be heard first. By the time SB 4 was heard, there were only 40 minutes left for witnesses from both sides. More than 10 witnesses testified against the bill, leaving them little time to present their arguments. One member of the committee complained, saying there was not enough time to ask questions of those opposed. But it was to no avail as the hearing continued.

The MCC testified against the bill and issued an Action Alert to our MOCAN members living in the districts of the committee members, asking them to contact their Senator to voice our opposition to the bill. It is possible that the committee will vote on the bill next week.

February 4, 2019 - 8:15am
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