Senate Committee Passes Bill Lifting Food Stamp Ban

This week the Senate Committee on Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight voted “Do pass” on legislation that would make food stamps available to former drug offenders.  Sponsored by Senator Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City), SB 680 would require that former drug offenders have successfully completed or be enrolled in drug treatment among other requirements before being eligible to receive food stamps.

Missouri is only one of nine states that still has a lifetime ban for drug offenders to receive food stamps.  The MCC supports SB 680, as it is discriminatory to allow all other former offenders to receive food stamps, but deny the benefit for those who previously abused drugs. The bill now awaits being placed on the calendar for debate in the Senate.

Posted: March 7, 2014

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