House advances bill limiting food stamp access

Posted at 11:56 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 14:56:25-04

The Republican-controlled Arizona House is reviving a proposal that could cut off nearly 80,000 people from the state's food stamp program.

Republican Rep. Justin Olson's bill is mainly aimed at cutting fraud and includes lifetime bans for some violations of food stamp rules. Senate Bill 1161 also bars anyone who is behind in their child support payments from getting food stamps.

Olson's effort comes two months after he promised House members he would remove the ban on federal work requirement waivers in the bill. The bill stalled in the Senate, and he revived the components this week.

Olson's new version bans waivers on federal work rules unless a GOP-controlled Legislative panel and the governor agree.

The House advanced the measure Thursday and it awaits a formal vote.