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S.F. No. 1764 - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Provisions Modifications
 
Author: Senator Jeff Howe
 
Prepared By: Patrick Hauswald, Senate Counsel (651/296-5079)
 
Date: March 13, 2019



 

S.F. No. 1764 establishes requirements for SNAP applicants to attest in writing that the applicant’s household meets federal financial resource requirements, with the exception that the resource limit is $20,000 and excludes two vehicles per household. Applicants must also disclose the value of all liquid and nonliquid assets, the amount of any debt obligations, whether the assets are related to farming, and whether the applicant has deferred any form of payment in the six months prior to applying for benefits. County agencies may refer applicants to financial resources where necessary.

County agencies shall verify the applicant’s disclosures immediately if the applicant received benefits for 120 days in the previous year. A random sample of applicants that have received benefits for fewer than 120 days will be verified 120 days after their application date, according to the amount of their disclosed assets. Applicants that continue to receive benefits after 120 days will be verified according to the schedule for verifying income disclosures, and applicants with agricultural assets are to be verified no more than once every 36 months.

The bill sets the work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents at the maximum permitted under federal law.

The bill directs the commissioner of human services to seek all necessary federal authority to implement these provisions, to incorporate these provisions into application, training, and guidance materials, and to identify sources of financial assistance for county agencies to refer applicants to as needed.

The bill directs the revisor of statutes to replace the terms “food support,” “food stamp,” and “food stamps,” to “supplemental nutrition assistance program” or “SNAP” throughout Minnesota Statutes.

 

 
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