Here’s who could lose food stamps under Trump’s proposed changes | PBS NewsHour

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On July 24, the Trump administration proposed changing one way states calculate who is eligible to receive SNAP benefits. This policy is called broad-based categorical eligibility, and it was designed to give states further discretion to determine who needs food stamps beyond federal requirements.

Under this proposed rule, people whose gross income is 130 percent above the federal poverty line (slightly more than $16,000 for one person) or have more than $2,250 in assets, will no longer qualify to receive federal food benefits.

That means an estimated 3.6 million Americans would no longer receive food stamps under the new rule. That’s nearly one out of 10 households — or 1.9 million homes — where people currently receive SNAP benefits in 42 states and territories, according to Mathematica’s analysis of the data.

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Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement in Brooks v. Roberts–Empire Justice Center

Shannon Sswiatek 
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Empire Justice Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit claimed that the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) violated the law by failing to provide legally adequate notices to people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) whose benefits were reduced or terminated because of the time limit for Able-bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs). The case is called Brooks v. Roberts, 16-CV-1025 (NDNY). …

Individuals are members of the settlement class if, between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018, they received SNAP benefits that were reduced or terminated for failing to meet a work requirement applicable to ABAWDs. The Court ordered that this Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action, available here, be provided to class members.

The Court will hold a Hearing on September 17, 2019 to consider whether to approve the settlement. Class members can review the full settlement agreement submitted to the Court here.

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Boston’s DA doesn’t want to prosecute some ‘Straight Pride Parade’ protesters. But a judge won’t let her. – CNN

By Eric Levenson and Taylor Romine, CNN
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(CNN)Suffolk County prosecutors moved to dismiss charges against some of the nearly three dozen people arrested during the “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston, saying the allegations were not worth prosecuting.

But Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott refused. He arraigned many of the defendants anyway.
Susan Church, a defense attorney representing protesters, objected to that decision and interrupted Sinnott to argue he did not have the authority to do that. Sinnott then ordered her handcuffed and placed her in custody for contempt of court.
That stunning courtroom face-off and arrest this week have sparked a heated debate about the legal separation of powers, free speech,and a prosecutor’s ability to carry out reform-minded agendas.
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