Bill Summary for S 658 (2021-2022)

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Apr 7 2021

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Senate Bill 658 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 6, 2021
AN ACT TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FELONY OFFENSES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) BENEFITS.
Intro. by Waddell, Bazemore.

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Amends GS 108A-25.2 to distinguish eligibility under the Work First Program and food and nutrition services program for individuals convicted of drug offenses. Expands food and nutrition services program eligibility to include individuals convicted of any controlled substance felony offenses. Eliminates the current six month waiting periods and required treatment for individuals convicted of Class H or I controlled substance felony offenses to be eligible to participate in the food and nutrition services program. Instead, allows for immediate participation if the individual has been released from custody, or, if not in custody, after the date of conviction. Requires the individual to successfully complete or continuously and actively participate in a substance abuse treatment program. Applies to felony offenses committed on or after January 1, 2022. 

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