Welfare bill ties programs to community service

Mississippi legislators introduced a bill last week that will change how the welfare system works in the state.

Senators John Polk and Nancy Collins authored the bill known as Senate Bill 2224.

If it passes, the bill would require anyone who receives public assistance to “comply with mandatory community service.”

Those included in the bill are people who receive Medicaid benefits, public housing or transfer payments such as food stamps.

For Mississippians who qualify for programs as such must complete 20 hours of community service per week at a non-profit organization, a church where they aren’t members or a public or private school.

If a person receiving federal, state or local public benefits doesn’t comply, he or she will be ineligible to receive benefits for up to a year’s time.