INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
People with felony drug convictions could be eligible for food stamps in
Indiana under a bill approved by the state Senate.
The state would
join more than 30 others in modifying or opting out of federal provisions
that deny Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to convicted
statute allows some drug offenders to receive SNAP, but Sen. Jim Merritt's
measure would open it to a larger number of people.
The bill's author
says drug addiction is an illness, not a character flaw. People convicted of
other felonies do not face a similar ban.
Senators voted 34-16 to send the measure to the full House.
Benefits would be
available to offenders who completed probation, parole or another
post-conviction monitoring program. They also must comply with conditions of