Two advocacy groups are suing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, accusing the agency of not processing food stamp applications within the time required by law.
The Texas Legal Services Center and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice filed the class action lawsuit Friday in federal court in Austin.
Federal law requires the state to decide on food stamp applications within 30 days, seven days for emergency food stamp applications for families without money for food or rent.
The lawsuit alleges Texas has failed to meet the time constraints for more than three years. It says that last month, Texas processed more than a third of all food stamp applications late.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission hasn't commented
on the lawsuit and its allegations.