A subcommittee meeting for Senate Study Bill 1105 has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, at 11:00am in Room 315.
A Zoom link for the meeting is here, and public comments can be submitted in advance, but we also recommend you email the subcommittee members below directly with your concerns about the bill.
What’s in SSB 1105?
- Establishing an asset test for SNAP in Iowa. Households on SNAP would have an asset limit of $2,750, or $4,250 if a member of the household had a disability or was age 60+. Households with more than one vehicle would especially be at risk of losing their benefits.
Iowa is currently one of 36 states that does not have an asset test for SNAP. Asset tests have been shown to discourage people from saving for emergencies and removing people from the program even when they fall below the asset limit, but fail to jump through the additional administrative hoops.
- Requiring custodial parents to cooperate with the child support recovery unit to be eligible for SNAP. By definition, these are households with children in them, and we do not believe there is a way to implement this policy that would not take food away from children.
- Requiring applicants for public assistance programs to complete a computerized questionnaire to prove their identity. We believe this provision could be improved by making this process voluntary and not mandatory, with an opt-out process.
- Overhauling the state’s eligibility verification system for public assistance programs. The Department of Health and Human Services is nearing completion of a Business Process Redesign, why are we proposing an overhaul of the system right now?
Please contact the members of the subcommittee for SSB 1105 and ask them not to advance the bill!
- Sen. Jeff Edler – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Mark Costello – email@example.com
- Sen. Sarah Trone Garriott – firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s not forget – SNAP enrollment in Iowa is at a 14-year low right now. SNAP benefits are 100% federally funded, and the state has a 50-50 cost share on administrative costs with the USDA, which have remained stable for over 10 years. SSB 1105, like HF 3, is a solution in search of a problem.