AT A GLANCE
Following is a list of some of the bills introduced during the 2013 legislative session that target federal assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, and the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF):
• House Bill 1908, by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton: Uses federal TANF funds for a program to create a public service campaign to promote marriage.
• House Bill 1909, by Shannon: Limits food stamp eligibility for able-bodied adults under age 50, without minor children, to those who work at least 35 hours per week.
• House Bill 2014, by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy: Denies food stamp assistance for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony.
• House Bill 2017, by Roberts: Denies food stamp assistance to anyone who has $5,000 in “liquid resources.”
• Senate Bill 456, by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate: Requires every Department of Human Services office in the state to post a sign in its office notifying visitors how to report cases of public assistance fraud.
• Senate Bill 673, by Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman: Denies TANF benefits to anyone convicted of felony drug possession until after they have completed a drug treatment program.
• Senate Bill 667, by Standridge: Prohibits the use of food stamp benefit cards at liquor stores, casinos or adult-entertainment venues.
• Senate Bill 887, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City: Prohibits the transfer of any food stamp benefits to an unauthorized person and increases the penalty to five years in prison for certain types of food stamp fraud.
• Senate Bill 959, by Standridge: Requires police, when arresting a person for any drug-related offense, to ask the offender if they are currently receiving public assistance, and directs law enforcement to collect the responses to those questions and provide them to the Legislature.