Senate OKs food stamps pilot program

The state Senate finally passed Tuesday legislation that would unravel a waiver of federal guidelines for food stamps.

The guidelines call for able-bodied adults without small children in their home to participate in education activities or workforce training in order to continue receiving food stamps. Louisiana obtained a waiver to the guidelines.

Under House Bill 464, the state would seek approval from the federal government to restrict qualifying recipients in Tangipahoa Parish to three months of food stamps every three years if they refuse to further their education or job skills. Anyone with dependents would be exempt from the pilot program.