, 1/20/9

People who apply for food stamps or other public assistance in Mississippi would have to sign a sworn statement that they’re U.S. citizens or that they’re foreigners in the country legally, under a bill that cleared the state Senate.

The bill passed Monday after little debate and it moves now to the House for more work.

The chief sponsor of the bill, Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, said the only people exempt from the requirements would be children younger than 14.