AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to require food stamp recipients to work while receiving benefits.

The Republican governor's administration said Wednesday that Maine will no longer pursue a waiver from the federal government that allows recipients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive ongoing benefits without having a job.

Recipients between ages 18 and 49 will have to work at least 20 hours a week, volunteer or participate in a work-training program. People living with dependents and those who are pregnant or are disabled will be exempt.

Ann Woloson, a policy analyst with Maine Equal Justice Partners, says Maine has used the waiver since 2008 because poor economic conditions have made it difficult for recipients to find work. The change must go through the rule-making process.

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