January 11th, 2019
Lincoln, NE— 1.11.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB169, legislation that increases access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Under current statute, an individual with three or more felony convictions for possession or use of controlled substances is ineligible to receive SNAP benefits. LB169 removes this restriction. The bill also allows people with three or more felony convictions for the use of a controlled substance to qualify for SNAP if they participate in a substance abuse program. The intent of the bill is to remove a major barrier to successful reintegration for formerly incarcerated people, while also reducing hunger for individuals and their families that are affected.