2003 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Committee Approved)

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Semi-Annual Food Stamp Reporting Requirements (language only)

Item 352 #2s

Item 352 #2s

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 348, delete lines 19 through 25 and insert:
"G.  As a condition of this appropriation, effective July 1, 2003, the Department of Social Services shall, to the extent permitted by federal law, implement semi-annual reporting.  Households subject to semi-annual reporting shall have 12-month certification periods; however, if a household, subject to semi-annual reporting, includes (i) able bodied adults without dependents who are subject to the food stamp time limit, (ii) homeless persons, or (iii) migrants, it may be assigned to a shorter certification period.  Households not included in semi-annual reporting shall have certification periods based on guidelines from federal regulations."

(This amendment permits reporting on food stamp eligibility every six months instead of every time income changes, providing administrative relief for local departments of social services and reducing federal food stamp error rates. This is a new option under the federal Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002 (Title IV of Public Law 107-171)).