TANF eligibility; drug-related felonies. (HB992)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


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 (TANF) 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 a substance abuse treatment program, and participates in drug screenings. The bill provides that a person who fails or refuses to participate in periodic drug testing or who tests positive for the use of illegal substances shall be ineligible to receive TANF benefits for a period of 12 months; however, such person is given one opportunity during the 12-month period to comply with the testing requirement and be reinstated to eligibility for TANF benefits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103802D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #3
01/20/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB992)
01/20/2016Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/03/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/03/2016Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2016Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/18/2016Left in Appropriations


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill.