The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require parents receiving food stamps to comply with work requirements.
The measure is to require able-bodied parents who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to seek work or job training.
Those who fail to do so would be disqualified from the program for three months from the first violation, 6 months for the second and a third for 3 years. This bill would not take away the children’s benefits.
Supporters say the bill would push people away from being dependent on help from the government.
Critics say it would hurt the children by removing the aid for the parents.