Newsbrief: California Legislature Passes Bill to Make Prop. 36 Clients Eligible for Food Stamps, Awaits Governor's Signature 9/6/02

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California's legislature has passed Assembly Bill 1947, which would allow persons enrolled in a Proposition 36 treatment program to receive food stamps if they meet eligibility requirements. Prop. 36 is the "treatment not jail" measure passed by California voters in 2000, which has led to measurable slowing of the state's prison juggernaut since being implemented in July 2001. California is one of 20 states that continues to deny federal benefits such as welfare and food stamps to persons convicted of drug felonies under a punitive federal law passed in 1996.

Sponsored by Rep. Carl Washington (D-Paramount), the bill only applies to persons in the Prop. 36 program and covers only federally funded food stamps. The state of California, which faces severe budget woes, would incur no new expense. Proponents of Prop. 36 are using the lack of fiscal impact as an argument to persuade Gov. Gray Davis to sign the bill.

"Signing this bill into law should be an easy call for the Governor," said Whitney Taylor, director of the Proposition 36 Implementation Project of the Drug Policy Alliance (http://www.drugpolicy.org). "The program it supports was adopted by the 61% of Californians who voted for Proposition 36 and it requires no funds from the state," she continued. "If we want to end the cycle of addiction and incarceration -- which is a socially and fiscally responsible goal -- we need to create a system that helps persons succeed. AB 1947 is an important addition to the provision of substance abuse treatment that will help people stay in recovery," Taylor concluded.

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