Legislatures are trying to make changes in the federal assistance programs. According to a March 3 report from KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma legislatures are currently in session and working towards changing the requirements to qualify for federal assistance.
Changes in the federal assistance would include making recipients of federal assistance work more hours and prohibiting those convicted of drug crimes ineligible for federal assistance.
Legislatures are also hoping to force adults, without children and under the age of 50, to spend at least 35 hours a week in “work activities.” Those work activities would include looking for work or gaining additional training or education.
“I don't have a problem with those types of changes,” Mary Woods, from Oklahoma City, said. “I see so many people on federal assistance and they are doing better financially than I am. They work under the table or live in free housing. I'm all for helping people out. I just don't like people milking the system for every penny they can get from the government which is really every penny they can get from me.”
Oklahoma has already made drug tests mandatory for those on federal assistance. With almost a dozen measured introduced to the legislature, it is very possible that there will be more changes to the qualifications for receiving federal assistance in Oklahoma.