By a unanimous vote this week the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee approved legislation that would lift the ban on former drug offenders receiving food stamps. Sponsored by Senator Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City), SB 680 sets certain requirements, such as successfully participating in an accepted drug treatment program or being on the waiting list for such a program, that former drug offenders must meet if they are to receive food stamps. Missouri is one of only nine states that currently has a lifetime ban on food stamps for these offenders.
With only a week remaining in the session, the bill will need to be debated and passed by the House of Representatives and likely be sent to a conference committee to work out differences in the House/Senate versions of the bill.
The MCC sent out an Action Alert on SB 680 this week. Contact from MCC network members is urgently needed to get this bill across the finish line. There is no ban on receiving food stamps for other offenders.
Posted: May 9, 2014