Lawmaker pushing food stamp eligibility for convicted felons

Posted December 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

by Hanna Battah

A Democratic lawmaker from urban Kansas City is looking to extend food stamp eligibility to some people convicted of drug possession felonies.

Rep. Bonnaye Mims, D-Kansas City, said convicted felons should get a chance to participate in the federal aid program if they are enrolled in a substance abuse program.

“No, I’m not saying that drugs is a good thing, but they have served their time,” Mims said. “They served their punishment for whatever it is that happened. They deserve a chance. They deserve to have a second chance at life.”

Current law prohibits convicted felons from getting food stamps.

“I would rather make them a viable citizen than a liability case,” Mims said.