VIEW; screening and assessment for use of illegal substances. (SB781)

Introduced By

Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients.  Requires local departments of social services to screen each VIEW program participant to determine whether probable cause exists to believe the participant is engaged in the use of illegal drugs. The bill provides that when a screening indicates reasonable cause to believe a participant is using illegal drugs, the Department shall require a formal substance abuse assessment of the participant, which may include drug testing. Any person who fails or refuses to participate in a screening or assessment without good cause or who tests positive for the use of illegal drugs shall be ineligible to receive TANF payments for a period of one year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100945D
12/27/2010Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB781)
01/18/2011Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
01/21/2011Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2011Read second time
01/25/2011Reading of amendment waived
01/25/2011Committee amendment agreed to
01/25/2011Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/25/2011Rereferred to Finance
01/25/2011Motion to reconsider rerefer to Finance agreed to (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2011Passed by for the day
01/26/2011Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/26/2011Rereferred to Finance
02/02/2011Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/03/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended SB781E
02/03/2011Printed as engrossed 11100945D-E
02/04/2011Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Passed by for the day
02/07/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB781E)
02/07/2011Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/11/2011Assigned HWI sub: #4
02/15/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/15/2011Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/16/2011Assigned App. sub: Health and Human Resources
02/18/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in Appropriations


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


robert legge writes:

So tough luck for any kid whose parent might use marijuana occasionally. But if they drink a quart of whiskey a day that's fine with the 39 legislators that voted for this.