Former Drug Offenders Gain Access to Food Assistance

Rachel Cooper

As of September 1, Texans with a felony drug conviction in their past are now potentially eligible to receive food assistance benefits thanks to the passage of SB 200 during the 84th Legislature. The new law ends Texas’ old policy of permanently disqualifying anyone with a felony drug conviction that occurred after August 22, 1996 […]

Down to the Wire

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Hundreds of bills have run out of time in the Texas Legislature, but a flurry of amendments and maneuvers mean several policy solutions – and some policy nightmares – still have a chance of passing. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re […]

Hearing Last Week Offers First Step towards Eliminating Destructive SNAP Policy

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By Jeanie Donovan About a month ago, we released a report that outlined the harmful impact of Texas’ lifetime ban on SNAP (food stamps) for ex-drug offenders.  The paper also highlighted the opportunity for the Texas Legislature to opt out of the dated federal law in order to increase food security and reduce recidivism in […]

New SNAP Paper–Promoting Successful Rehabilitation & Reentry of Ex-Drug Offenders

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan To promote the successful rehabilitation and reentry of ex-drug offenders, Texas must join the 41 states that have passed legislation eliminating or modifying the ban that prevents former drug felons from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federally funded nutrition assistance program that […]