Food stamp lawsuit settled Thursday

Indiana is apparently handling food stamp applications a lot quicker. A lawsuit filed in 2009 brought the issue to light.

In October of that year, 70 percent of all approved food stamp applications were not processed within 30 days as required by law, or within seven days in emergency situations.

The most recent statistics show the state is now processing 95 percent of all food stamp applications within the time guidelines. That's good enough to make the lawsuit disappear.

A settlement agreement was reached Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in South Bend. The state agreed to pay some $62,000 in the plaintiff's legal fees.

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