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Lawmakers push for felon food stamp eligibility

Date: December 4, 2013
By: Hanna Battah
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri lawmakers are looking to extend food stamp eligibility to some people with drug possession felonies.
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Wrap: If a person is participating in a substance abuse program, Democrat Bonnaye Mims from Kansas City thinks they should get a chance in the federal aid program.

Mims says she hopes other lawmakers see this plan as a way to help people who are working to better themselves.

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Description: To say that the drugs is a good thing. No I’m not saying that drugs is a good thing, but they have served their time. They served their punishment for whatever it is that happened. They deserve a chance. They deserve to have a second chance at life.

Mims said she kept the same language from a bill that failed in the Senate last year. 

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

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Missouri lawmakers look to give drug possession felons seeking treatment a second chance.
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Wrap: Democrat Bonnaye Mims from Kansas City pre-filed a measure that would make people with substance abuse felonies eligible for food stamps if they are involved with a treatment program.

Mims says these people don't only live in her district, but all over Missouri. She hopes Missouri lawmakers change their mind about her bill, which failed in the Senate last year.

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Description: My thing for being here is to help elevate our people. I would rather make them a viable citizen than make them a liability.

Mims said this is not a way of condoning drug use, but instead giving Missourians looking to better themselves a second chance.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.


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