We are watching New Hampshire Senate Bill 7, touted by some lawmakers as a way to curb abuse of the state’s food stamp program.
The bill has been put forward by N.H. Sen. Kevin Avard, R-Nashua and is co-sponsored by six Republican state senators and four Republican representatives, including Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, and Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem.
The proposed change in the food stamp program has the potential to eliminate many low-income households from being eligible to receive the aid. The Haven knows that the passage of this bill will have an impact on the number of people who seek food from the Food Shelf. Presently a two-person household with as much as $570 per week income could potentially get a few dollars per month in food stamps. This bill would mean that a two-person household would no longer be able to be considered for any food stamps once they earned $400.53 per week. Presently the cut off in earnings is $865 a week for a family of four—this bill would lower that cap to $607.84.
Read more details in this Concord Monitor article.