The State Supreme Court has turned down a request to temporarily restore welfare benefits to individuals who have reached their lifetime limits.

The five-year lifetime limit has excluded about 171 welfare recipients in West Virginia.

The court vote four-to-one not to force the state to continue the program, although the justices are considering constitutional issues related to cutoffs.

A Jackson County attorney Larry Harless filed a suit over the five-year limit. Harless argues the state is responsible for helping provide for people's constitutional right to minimum, humane sustenance.

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