TANF; assistance when convicted of drug-related felony, ineligible if fail or refuse drug testing. (SB835)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


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 that 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


12/28/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100684D
12/28/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/10/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB835)
01/18/2013Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2013Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2013Reported from Finance with amendment (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Read second time
01/31/2013Reading of amendments waived
01/31/2013Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended SB835E
01/31/2013Printed as engrossed 13100684D-E
02/01/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB835E)
02/01/2013Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/06/2013Assigned HWI sub: #4
02/07/2013Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 0-N)
02/18/2013Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


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 4 minutes.


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

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