US Rep Graves files bill to help food stamp recipients find work
Posted on 6/29/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s filed a common-sense approach to reforming the food stamp program that would impact able-bodied adults without dependents. Graves says his bill would connect SNAP recipients with job search and job training programs to help them find work opportunities.
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DCFS encourages residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps
Posted on 6/14/2017 3:13:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services encourages Louisiana residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps in preparation for hurricane season. Kim Matherne with DCFS says pre-registering gets your information in the system and makes things move smoother following a disaster.
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Drug felons will soon be eligible for food stamps
Posted on 6/7/2017 4:49:00 AM.

Drug felons will soon be eligible to receive food stamps upon their release from jail. In the 90s, offenders with drug related charges were barred from the program for one year after their release. The bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno lifts that ban. 

 
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Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps under House-approved bill
Posted on 5/31/2017 10:04:00 AM.

Drug felons would be eligible for food stamps for the first time in decades under a House-approved measure by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno. In the 1990s offenders with drug related charges were barred from the assistance program, while all other felons remained eligible.
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Bill to lift ban of food stamps for released drug related felons passes out of House Committee
Posted on 5/11/2017 4:24:00 AM.
A bill heading to the House Floor would lift the one year ban for individuals convicted of a drug related felony to receive food stamps and welfare benefits after being released from prison. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says the ban was originally placed as a deterrent not to commit drug related crimes, but it hasn't work
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DCFS: Number of food stamp recipients up in Louisiana, down nationwide
Posted on 6/20/2016 10:36:00 AM.

The number of food stamp recipients is increasing in Louisiana, while that rate is falling nationwide. That’s according to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services nearly one in five Louisiana residents are on the federal food assistance program. Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, Jan Moller, says that increase is due to job loss in the oil and gas industry because low oil prices hurt Louisiana’s economy more than other states.
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House approves bill to let lawmakers decide food stamp requirements
Posted on 4/15/2016 11:41:00 AM.

The House approved a bill to allow lawmakers to have a say in whether food stamp recipients should be required to work to receive federal assistance. But Bogalusa Rep. Malinda White disagrees because as many as 16,000 people in the oil industry have recently lost their jobs and there is no way to replace that many jobs at this time.
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Disaster food stamps available for flood victims
Posted on 3/17/2016 6:00:00 PM.

The Department of Children and Family Services is asking flood victims to pre-register for disaster food stamps. Distribution begins next week in 23 parishes that were declared federal disaster areas as a result of the catastrophic flooding. 

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Governor-elect Edwards seeks to stop changes to food stamp eligibility
Posted on 12/21/2015 5:07:00 PM.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards is taking steps so low-income adults do not lose their food stamp benefits in January. The Jindal administration took action to block able bodied adults, who are unemployed and have no dependents from receiving food stamps. But Julie Baxter Payer, spokesperson for Governor-elect Edwards, says he will seek to remove the work requirement, so an estimated 31-thousand adults can still access food stamps.
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Jindal administration to go after food stamp recipients who took advantage of computer glitch
Posted on 11/7/2013 10:22:00 AM.
The Jindal administration says they will suspend government assistance for food stamp recipients who deliberately over spent during a computer glitch.
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