TANF; eligibility, drug-related felonies. (HB2397)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), and Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


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 and is actively engaged in or has completed a substance abuse treatment program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102526D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2397)
01/22/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 6-N)
01/24/2019Reconsidered by HWI subcommittee #2
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 2-N)
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2019Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/01/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/01/2019Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Committee substitute printed 19106344D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19106344D-H1
02/04/2019Motion to refer to committee agreed to (49-Y 48-N)
02/04/2019VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION (49-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice