Drug Policy Legislation

HB 336 – Ohio Works First/SNAP Drug Offense Ineligibility (2011-2012)

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_336
Status:
Failed
Summary:

This bill expands Ohio law to make individuals convicted of felonies with a drug component ineligible for Ohio Works First and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Committee:
Health and Aging (H)
LSC Legislation Status:
http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0336?OpenDocument
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
Our take on this bill:

Despite Ohio Works First and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program being vital lifelines for low-income Ohioans, HB 336 unnecessarily eliminates them for people who are convicted of felonies with a drug component while on the programs for three years. Depriving these individuals of assistance does nothing to improve issues to rehabilitate them, and it only makes the life circumstances of people who would otherwise be eligible even more desperate.