TANF; eligibility for assistance when convicted of drug-related felonies. (SB1238)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eligibility for TANF; drug-related felonies. .Requires persons otherwise eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to not be denied benefits solely due to a previous conviction of a felony drug offense pursuant to 18.2-250. The otherwise eligible person must comply with all obligations imposed by the criminal court and be actively engaged in or have completed a substance abuse treatment program. The bill mirrors the authorized federal exemption already granted for food stamp applicants. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101007D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2011Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1238)
01/21/2011Failed to report (defeated) in Rehabilitation and Social Services (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


Kim Lawson writes:

No! People who made bad choices and spend time in jail should pay the consequences beyond jail! I work as a public school teacher and pay my taxes and am way past tired of seeing all these felons sitting around with nothing wrong with them getting assistance which I am paying for - I feel like i am buying their food, their children's food in public schools, their heat, their home and their kids are walking around with cell phones and neither of my children can afford one!! I believe this country's welfare system has its place in society, but is now being abused and is a big part of our country's problem. If working people were brave and said what they are thinking, i know everybody who works would agree with me. I think if a person is physically able to work, they too should work.