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Proposed changes to food stamps in Missouri would impact poeople who suffer from domestic violence.

Date: January 20, 2015
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 24

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The director of a Missouri violence organization says reducing the lifetime limit for food stamps could negatively impact women in domestic relationships.
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Wrap: The Director of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Colleen Coble, spoke in opposition of a bill that would lower the maximum amount of time one can be on food stamps.

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Description: "What most of us don't often recognize is that money is right there with fear for keeping you in an abusive situation."

 

The bill's sponsor is Senator David Sater a Republican from southwest Missouri.

His bill would reduce the lifetime limit for food stamps from five years to two years.

Sater said the bill will be ready to be voted on next week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.

 

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The director of one Missouri organization does not want those who suffer from domestic violence to suffer from reduced food stamps.
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Wrap: The Director of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Colleen Coble, spoke in opposition of a bill that would reduce the lifetime limit of food stamps from five years to two.

Coble agrees that the food stamp program helps many who have fallen on hard times economically, but says there is another benefit to the program that is often overlooked.

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Description: "But there is also another aspect to the program. Which is it's your way out for a whole lot of people living in violence when there is no other way."

Senator David Sater a Republican from southwest Missouri, introduced the bill that would cut back on food stamps.

Sater says the bill will be ready to be voted on next week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  

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One Senator has filed a bill that would limit the amount of time one can be on food stamps.
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Wrap: Senator David Sater a Republican from southwest Missouri, introduced the bill that would reduce the lifetime limit of food stamps from five years to two.

Sater says it is to increase the work participation rate of those receiving food stamps.

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Description: "Our participation rate in this program is around 17 percent. We are the lowest in the nation."

Sater says the money saved would be used to support childcare assistance, education assistance, and job training for those on food stamps. 

When asked the Department of Social Services did not provide accurate information to back up this statistic.

Sater says the bill will be ready to be voted on next week  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.  

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One Senator sponsored a bill that he says would encourage more people to work while on food stamps by reducing the time limit.
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Wrap: Senator David Sater a Republican from southwest Missouri, introduced a bill that would shorten the lifetime limit of food stamp assistance from five years to two.

The bill is to encourage those on food stamps to find a job sooner.

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Description: "Unfortunately, our program in Missouri is downright failing."

The director of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Colleen Coble is agaisnt the bill.

Coble says the bill would hurt women who are trying to get out of violent relationships.

Sater says the bill will be ready to vote on next week.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes.


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