House Votes Down Food Stamp Eligibility for Ex-Drug Offenders

Missouri is only one of nine states that still denies food stamp benefits to former drug offenders. All other ex-felons are eligible for food stamps in Missouri. The MCC has urged legislators to treat the ex-drug offenders in the same manner as other ex-offenders, pointing out that allowing these offenders to recieve food stamps can help in their successfully rejoining society, etc.

However, the Missouri House of Representatives obviously sees things differently. This week the body voted down an amendment that would have allowed the ex-drug offenders to receive food stamps.

The amendment was offered by Representative Mike Colona (D-St. Louis) to HB 455, a bill that would require the use of photo identification for continued eligibility in the food stamp program. The Colona amendment was defeated: 57 representatives voted for the amendment to 92 against.

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