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Bill Tightening Food Stamp Eligibility Moves to Full Senate Without Committee Support

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In a tie vote on Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee put the brakes on a bill that would make it harder to get food stamps in New Hampshire. 

The bill seeks to change financial requirements, and would require that people work with child support services to gain food stamp eligibility. Senator Lou D’Allesandro, who sponsored New Hampshire’s original food stamp bill in the 1970s, called the proposal punitive.

"There are times in our history when this has made the difference between life and death for people," emphasized D'Allesandro, "Survival. We have something that’s served New Hampshire well. For at least the last fifty years that I’ve been around this place.

The bill will continue to the full Senate with the recommendation that it not be passed. 

Hannah McCarthy first came to NHPR an intern in 2015, returned as a Fellow the following year and then bounced around as a reporter and producer before landing as co-host of Civics 101. She has reported on everything from the opioid epidemic to State House politics to haunted woods of New Hampshire.

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