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New Oklahoma law requires those seeking food stamps to get a job

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Those wanting food stamps in the state of Oklahoma will soon be required to get a job.  The new bill was signed into law last week and will take effect in November.

Working, training or volunteering - starting in November if you want food stamps in the state of Oklahoma you will be expected to pull your weight and maintain a job.

For those without one, Ottawa County Human Services Director Reta Balmain says you will have some time to find one.

"Out of a 36 months period, they'll only get food stamps for three months without that requirement," says Balmain.

Only those between the ages of 18 to 50 years of age and deemed able-bodied must comply to 20 hours of work activities every week.

"Elderly, disabled clients will not be required, women or men with families with children under the age of six," says Belmain.

The working requirement is not new but was temporarily suspended in the state due to high unemployment rates.  Now that it's back Oklahomans have had a mix of reaction to the changes.

With over 7,500 individuals in Ottawa County alone on food stamps there is no telling if the working requirement will prevent some from getting help they need.  More than 30% of children in Oklahoma live in a house that receive food stamp benefits.

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