State officials seek changes to food stamp violation rules

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State health officials have unveiled new rules regarding penalties for not meeting the state's food stamps eligibility requirements.

Kristen Matthews with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare told a legislative panel on Tuesday that agency food stamp recipients currently out of compliance with eligibility standards are allowed to own up to $5,000 in resources.

Non-compliance includes violating probation for drug-related felonies or a household member goes on strike.

Matthews says under the new rule the resource limit would drop to $2,250 or $3,250 for certain households.

Resources do not include owning a home or licensed vehicles if they are used for commuting or transporting a disabled person.

Food stamps are generally thought of as a barometer on a state economy and recovery. Last month, roughly 192,100 Idahoans received food stamps or more than 82,400 households.

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