Bill Text: MO HB1589 | 2014 | Regular Session | Introduced
Bill Title: Specifies that certain felons must be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
Status: (Introduced) 2014-02-18 - HCS Voted Do Pass (H) [HB1589 Detail]
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES WIELAND (Sponsor), ROORDA, GANNON, HUMMEL, KELLY (45), STREAM, ZERR, BARNES, PHILLIPS, HODGES, MCMANUS, HARRIS, WALTON GRAY, MCKENNA, ELLINGTON, DUNN, GARDNER, FITZWATER AND MIMS (Co-sponsors).
To amend chapter 208, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 208, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 208.247, to read as follows:
208.247. 1. Pursuant to the option granted the state by 21 U.S.C. Section 862a(d), an individual who has pled guilty to or is found guilty under federal or state law of a felony involving possession or use of a controlled substance shall be exempt from the prohibition contained in 21 U.S.C. Section 862a(a) against eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits for such convictions, if such person, as determined by the department to meet at least one of the following conditions:
(1) Is currently successfully participating in a substance abuse treatment program approved by the division of alcohol and drug abuse within the department of mental health;
(2) Is currently accepted for treatment in and participating in a substance abuse treatment program approved by the division of alcohol and drug abuse, but is subject to a waiting list to receive available treatment, and the individual remains enrolled in the treatment program and enters the treatment program at the first available opportunity;
(3) Has satisfactorily completed a substance abuse treatment program approved by the division of alcohol and drug abuse;
(4) Is successfully complying with, or has already complied with, all obligations imposed by the court, the division of alcohol and drug abuse, and the division of probation and parole;
(5) Has demonstrated sobriety through voluntary urinalysis testing paid for by the participant; or
(6) It has been more than four years since the conviction for a drug related felony.
2. Eligibility based upon the factors in subsection 1 of this section shall be based upon documentary or other evidence satisfactory to the department of social services, and the applicant shall meet all other factors for program eligibility.
3. The department of social services, in consultation with the division of alcohol and drug abuse, shall promulgate rules to carry out the provisions of this section, including specifying criteria for determining active participation in and completion of a substance abuse treatment program.