31 Days, 31 Ways (2015)

Throughout August 2015, The Texas Tribune featured 31 ways Texans' lives would change because of new laws on Sept. 1, the date many bills passed by the Legislature — including the budget — took effect.

Todd Wiseman

Relaxed Food Stamp Rules to Help Felons

Starting Sept. 1, a new Texas law will allow people with felony drug convictions to qualify for food assistance, ending the lifetime ban they currently face. Supporters hope the change will reduce recidivism as it helps felons get back on their feet. 

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