|Date Requested:January 28, 2011
Time Requested:01:13 PM
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8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admn Fund 8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admn Fund 8722 - Cons Federal Funds Div Human Services Gen Admn Fund
Sources of Revenue
|Other Fund Federal|
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The purpose of this bill is to permit the state to opt out of federal statute that would otherwise not allow an individual living in the state who has been convicted of a felony involving a controlled substance from receiving certain benefits provided by the Social Security Act and the Food Stamp Act.
As written, the proposed legislation will have no impact on the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Title 21 United States Code (d)(1)(A) states that - "A state may, by specific references in a law enacted after August 22, 1996, exempt any or all individuals domiciled in the State from the application of subsection (a) of this section", allowing states to limit or remove ban of those denied due to certain drug-related convictions.
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3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
This bill would remove prohibitions on eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, expanding the number of persons eligible. However, the program is federally funded so no additional General Revenue funds will be needed.
| This will bring West Virginia law into line with the majority of states with regards to this issue.