VIEW Program; screening and assessment for use of illegal substances. (HB2147)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from co-patron Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


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


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102814D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/22/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2147)
01/29/2015Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2015Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/05/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in Appropriations