Dallas Morning News – State sued over long wait for food stamp applicants

Legal aid lawyers sued the state Thursday for ignoring deadlines in its own food-stamp rules, saying Texas still hasn’t gotten serious about ending delays that block needy people from getting help.

The suit, filed in state district court in Travis County, asked that the Health and Human Services Commission be ordered to comply with the rules, which require decisions on non-emergency food stamp applications to be made within 30 days.

Last month, the commission processed about 58 percent of applications statewide on time – in North Texas, it was 41 percent.

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