VIEW; screening and assessment for use of illegal substances. (HB234)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton)


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 of Social Services shall require 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


12/28/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101318D
12/28/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/09/2014Assigned HWI sub: # 2
01/15/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB234)
01/23/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB234)
01/28/2014Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2014Committee substitute printed 14104449D-H1
01/28/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2014Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/29/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB234H1)
02/04/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/2014Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations