TANF; assistance when convicted of drug-related felony. (HB1458)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eligibility for TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families assistance shall not be denied assistance solely because he has been convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance provided he complies with all obligations imposed by the court and the Department of Social Services, is actively engaged in or has completed substance abuse treatment, and participates in drug screenings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/27/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102025D
12/27/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/10/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1458)
01/15/2013Assigned HWI sub: #4
01/22/2013Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/22/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/2013Tabled in Rules


ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU is monitoring this legislation that seeks to allow certain individuals convicted of drug-related felonies access to public benefits.

Gregg writes:

What an asinine bill. No felon deserves public assistance. If a felon needs public assistance, drop them off in the tribal region of Afghanistan with a rifle and let them earn the money.