TANF eligibility; drug-related felonies. (SB819)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


TANF eligibility; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits shall not be denied such benefits solely because he has been convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance, provided he is not using illegal drugs, complies with all obligations imposed by the criminal court and the Department of Social Services, is actively engaged in or has completed substance abuse treatment, and participates in drug screenings. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100856D
01/02/2015Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB819)
01/23/2015Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2015Rereferred to Finance
02/03/2015Reported from Finance (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2015Reported from Finance (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2015Read third time and passed Senate (20-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Passed by for the day
02/09/2015Read third time and defeated by Senate (18-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.