Indiana considers making food stamps available to convicted drug offenders

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Indiana lawmakers are being asked to put food stamps back within reach of convicted drug offenders.

Indiana is one of 13 states that still deny food stamps to those who have been convicted of felony drug offenses.

South Bend State Senator John Broden feels it's a policy whose time has come and gone.

"The intent of the law may have been a good one, and that is we as taxpayers don't want people who are on drugs or using drugs to be using their food stamp benefits in order to pay for that," Broden explained. "But we've made such great progress with the cards the money is downloaded onto. The card security is so much better."

Broden's bill would still restrict food stamps to those who have not had a felony drug offense in the past five years.

The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week.