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OKLAHOMA CITY—A bill that would force welfare recipients to give back to the community has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1909 would require able-bodied individuals, who are between the ages of 18 and 50, to perform at least 20 hours of work activities as a condition to receive food stamps.

Those who are disabled or raising a child would be exempt from those requirements.

Currently, able-bodied individuals do not have to fulfill work requirements due to waivers from the federal government.

Officials say this bill would order DHS to no longer seek those work requirement waivers.

“It’s time we encourage the value of personal responsibility,” said Speaker T.W. Shannon.  “This measure will help able-bodied people break their addiction to government subsidies and let them focus on building a career as opposed to continually suffering under the wheel of poverty.”

The measure would allow DHS to develop categories that would qualify as approved work activities.

Those activities may include unsubsidized and subsidized employment, job training, job readiness activities, education programs and community service projects.

HB 1909 now heads to the Senate.