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Sherrod Brown
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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Jan. 16:

a photo of a grocery store with a SNAP sign in the window
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A bill that ramps up scrutiny of people on food stamps is on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters say they want to crack down on fraud, but lower income advocates say that problem doesn’t exist.

The measure requires checks on eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, every quarter instead of every year.

Lisa Hamler-Fugitt with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says that this, along with other regulations that include Medicaid recipients, can lead to more administrative errors. 

Barn in northeast Ohio
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Renewal of the federal farm bill, which funds everything from Ohio’s biggest industry—agriculture—to food stamps, has taken another step in the Senate. The Agriculture Committee approved the bill, which will now go to the full Senate for debate.

The farm bill has to be renewed every five years and the latest deadline is coming up this September.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, November 3rd:

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The Ohio House has passed a pair of bills requiring more checks for those who administer the state’s food stamp programs. They considered requiring photos on electronic benefit cards and checks on recipients for other sources of income.