Incarcerated individuals; notification of those ineligible for public assistance. (HB2014)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Notification of incarcerated individuals ineligible for public assistance. Requires the Department of Corrections to provide to the Department of Social Services, on at least a monthly basis, a list of persons committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections during the preceding month, to facilitate identification of prisoners who were receiving public assistance benefits prior to commitment and who may, as a result of their incarceration, be ineligible to receive benefits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101752D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/11/2013Assigned MPPS sub: #3
01/14/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/18/2013Reported from Militia, Police and Public Safety (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2013Read first time
01/22/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/23/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2013Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/08/2013Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Read third time
02/12/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2014ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
02/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2014ER)
03/12/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 218 (effective 7/1/13)
03/12/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0218)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.


Gregg writes:

Only one notification is required when the person is initially incarcerated. It should be the convict's responsibility to seek public assistance once released if eligible. Lets put the burden on the criminal and not on the state.

Angela writes:

This bill was to aide Social Service Agencies in stopping monthly public assistance funds from being applied to and accumulated for an individual who has been incarcerated. Previously, an incarcerated recipient who likely would not consider notifying the Social Service Agency of his or her incarceration, could continue to receive food stamp (Snap) benefits for up to six months in many cases, until such person's mail was returned to the agency as "undeliverable". The monthly funds would simply accumulate on their EBT card while incarcerated. Obviously, this was a waste of Federal funds that could be made available to others in need of public assistance.