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Okla. Senate Panel Oks Food Stamp Work Mandates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Certain food stamp recipients would be required to work at least 20 hours per week under a bill that easily cleared a Senate panel, despite concern from Democrats the bill chips away at safety nets for low-income Oklahomans.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 on Monday for the bill by House Speaker T.W. Shannon. It would apply to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50 and who are without children.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

It's 1 of several measures being pushed by Republican legislators this session that target programs for needy Oklahomans.

Another 1 of Shannon's bills approved by the committee directs money in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be used to fund pro-marriage public service announcements.

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