VIEW; substance abuse screening and assessment of public assistance applicants and recipients. (SB6)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


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 substances. The bill provides that when a screening indicates reasonable cause to believe a participant is using illegal substances, the local department of social services 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 substances shall be ineligible to receive TANF payments for a period of one year, unless he enters into and complies with the requirements of a drug treatment program; however, an individual has one opportunity during the subsequent 12-month period to comply with the screening, assessment, or treatment requirements and be reinstated to eligibility for TANF benefits. This bill is contingent upon an appropriation of General Funds effectuating the provisions of the bill. This bill incorporates SB 83 and SB 318. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100189D
12/05/2011Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/18/2012Impact statement from DHCD (SB0006)
01/30/2012Assigned Rehab sub: Social Services
01/31/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB6)
02/03/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12105051D-S1
02/03/2012Rereferred to Finance
02/06/2012Incorporates SB318
02/06/2012Incorporates SB83
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB6S1)
02/09/2012Reported from Finance with amendments (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Read second time
02/14/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105051D-S1
02/14/2012Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB6ES1
02/14/2012Printed as engrossed 12105051D-ES1
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Passed Senate (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Chair votes yes
02/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB6ES1)
02/16/2012Placed on Calendar
02/16/2012Read first time
02/16/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Committee substitute printed 12105598D-H1
02/21/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2012Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/27/2012Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013
02/27/2012Continued to 2013 in Appropriations
11/29/2012Left in Appropriations