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Executive order creates new job training requirements for food stamp recipients

Executive order adds job training requirement for some SNAP recipients (FOX 8 Photo) Executive order adds job training requirement for some SNAP recipients (FOX 8 Photo)

Childless, able-bodied food stamp recipients will face new conditions for the assistance if they are not working or going to school. 

Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order today that requires recipients without dependents to take part in job training assistance programs starting in July. 

 "They're going to be required to participate in person in Louisiana Workforce Commission Business and Career Solutions Centers around the state and actively engage with these programs in skills and job training in order to continue to receive their snap food assistance," said Gov. Edwards at the signing ceremony. 

Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie says the centers are already a proven success. 

"In one year ending September 2015, we have placed more than 116,700 new hires in a Louisiana job. Our counselors work diligently with each person to help prepare, train and connect each individual to a job as they are ready," said Dejoie.

The order will directly impact about 47,000 recipients.  

Due to high unemployment rates, Louisiana has qualified for and received a waiver of federal work requirements under SNAP. But even with the waiver, the federal rules allow Louisiana to create its own work registration requirements. 

You can read the governor's executive order by clicking here. 

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