Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1142

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 11-10-12-5; IC 12-14-30.

Synopsis: Access to supplemental nutrition assistance. Provides that an individual who has been convicted of a felony involving a controlled substance and who has completed or is participating in a substance abuse treatment program may receive assistance under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Requires the department of correction to assist an offender in applying for supplemental nutrition assistance.

Effective: July 1, 2011.





Smith V




    January 6, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code.







Introduced

First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1142



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 11-10-12-5; (11)IN1142.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 11-10-12-5, AS ADDED BY P.L.161-2007, SECTION 4, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 5. (a) The department shall assist a committed offender in applying for assistance under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program (45 CFR 260 et seq.) and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.) so that the committed offender might be eligible for assistance when the offender is subsequently:
        (1) released on parole;
        (2) assigned to a community transition program; or
        (3) discharged from the department.
    (b) The department shall provide the assistance described in subsection (a) in sufficient time to ensure that the committed offender will be able to receive assistance at the time the committed offender is:
        (1) released on parole;
        (2) assigned to a community transition program; or
        (3) discharged from the department.
SOURCE: IC 12-14-30; (11)IN1142.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 12-14-30 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]:
     Chapter 30. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Certain Offenders
    Sec. 1. An individual who:
        (1) except for 21 U.S.C. 862a(a), meets the federal and Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program requirements;
        (2) has been convicted of an offense under federal or state law that:
            (A) is classified as a felony; and
            (B) has as an element the possession or use of a controlled substance (as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802(6)); and
        (3) either has completed or is participating in a substance abuse treatment program;
is eligible to receive assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    Sec. 2. In accordance with 21 U.S.C. 862a(d)(1), the state elects to opt out of the application of 21 U.S.C. 862a(a) for an individual who has completed or is participating in a substance abuse treatment program as described in section 1(a)(3) of this chapter.