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Edwards signs executive order changing food stamp program

Yesterday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order that changes the way the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the state works, The Advocate reports. The order put work restrictions on the program, which provides food stamps to residents.

A number of unemployed Louisianians seeking food stamps will now have to “seek job search and training assistance through the state’s workforce centers to continue receiving food stamp benefits for an extended period,” according to The Advocate.

Edwards called the order “historic.”

“This truly is important. It’s historic,” Edwards said, according to The Advocate. “We are striking the right balance as we move Louisiana forward.”

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