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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation repealing a prohibition on providing food stamps to people convicted of drug felonies.

The bill signed Friday could allow people with three or fewer drug felonies to receive aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But it would apply only if people have completed, are enrolled in or have been determined not to need a substance abuse program.

Missouri has been among a minority of states that still impose a lifetime ban on government food assistance for drug felonies.

The legislation also would temporarily suspend food stamp or welfare payments to anyone who has not used the electronic benefits in Missouri at least once in the past 90 days. That comes after a recent audit questioned the out-of-state use of welfare benefits.


  • Byebyetotherite

    Thank you mr.nixon I knew I could count on you to get more party votes to fight against the tea party.

    • EnoughPC

      Typical elitist p#$%k comment. I bet your coward arse wouldn’t walk up to one of those “hood rats” and spout off like your little coward arse does behind the safety of a computer screen. I am white by the way. But you are like Obama, you blame everything on blacks like Obama blames everyone else for his screw ups. You should go have a beer with the Prez. You are two peas in a pod. Both losers.

  • Shaniqua Jefferson

    This would be OK, if the felons could only use the food stamps when they go back to jail. Then they could buy more jello and some cookies while they doing repeat hard time.
    Best thing about food stamps is folks never have to pay them back, eternal free ride no matter what crime ya do.
    They can feed the worst in our society, all thanks to people who work hard and pay taxes !

    • Cheryl

      Shaniqua. My husband served 2 years of intense drug treatment in prison almost 11 years ago. Got hooked on painkillers after breaking his leg in three places, and was facing possible amputation. With metal rods and pins in his leg, and being unable to use his leg for almost a year, the doctor continued the medication. After he was released from this doctors care when his leg was healed, he no longer had access to pain medication…the addiction was so bad he got them wherever he could, even trying to forge a scrip for them. This landed him in prison. When he got out of prison, he immediately went into counseling, and continued for two years. He has not done one drug since, and has not been in any type of trouble. I was just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Graves disease, and Psoriatic arthritis, and determined to be disabled. We struggle daily to survive as my husband is the only one that can work, doing handyman, roofing and painting on his own. I get SICK of my husband having to pay over and over for what he did. Even trying to find a job was a JOKE in this state. Nobody wants to hire a convicted felon. WE pay taxes, and let me tell you at the end of the year we get SLAMMED. These people are so misunderstood. You can’t judge one person who was convicted of a drug charge by all the others who have also, because each case is unique. Just because they had a drug charge doesn’t mean they were out on the corner selling crack to a kid. Some of them are just like my husband, who, thanks to the doctor, became an addict. Do you really think it’s fair to make someone pay for a mistake for the rest of their life, or to make their family suffer? I think we have become a pitiful nation full of greed. It’s very sad when you let your fellow man and his family go hungry because of the almighty dollar. When they were going to stone a prostitute in the days when Jesus walked the earth, he said “Let those without sin cast the first stone”…and “love one another”…And it’s funny…other people with your attitude attend church regularly and profess their love for God, but in the same breathe, do exactly what God did not intend for them to do…JUDGE others….

      • Charley

        Cheryl, I agree with you on your comment about prescription painkillers, My wife was addicted to them also and ended up overdosing on them. So I know where you are coming from. And It is hard if not impossible for a felon to get a decent job that pays the bills. There should be levels of crimes being state or federal, that dictate the severity of the offense. Unfortunately that is not the case when applying for a job, Once you check that box that reads ” do you have any felony convictions” your application is shredded and used for hamster litter. It seems that the government gives out the benefits to those that know how to work the system, not to those that really need the help. Look at all the fraud with the EBT cards and how easy it is to do. Food stamps should make it mandatory that people that are using food stamps take random drug test to qualify for help, and if found to be using food stamps for things other than food, should be arrested and banned from them until they can pass a drug test. In your case I hope that you can receive the benefits that you need. and hope that the laws on the severity of felony convictions,will be taken to tier offences. Not likely to happen with some of our politicians though. It is easier to convict a greater amount of people so as to keep tract of them. Best of luck to you.

  • Linda Fiedler

    About time Nixon did something right. Felons are human beings and still have the right to survive and support their familys. Now all we need is a law that helps felons gain employment so that they don’t need food stamps.

  • Groovy Chick

    But my first comment would not go through–twice. Who is editing this? There was nothing objectionable in what I said.

    • Charley

      Been there too Groovy chick. It is amazing that some comments go through and others do not. I would love to have read your comment, for you have some great input.

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