Food stamps and TANF; eligibility, drug-related felonies. (SB1129)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eligibility for food stamps and TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of any drug-related felony, provided that such person is complying with, or has already complied with, all obligations imposed by the criminal court, is actively engaged in or has completed a substance abuse treatment program, participates in periodic drug screenings, and fulfills any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services. Under current law, such individuals may not be denied food stamp benefits based on a felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


12/29/2019: In Committee


12/29/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102418D
12/29/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/15/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1129)
01/25/2019Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/25/2019Committee substitute printed 19105827D-S1
01/25/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/29/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1129S1)
01/31/2019Read second time
01/31/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105827D-S1
01/31/2019Reading of amendment waived
01/31/2019Committee amendment agreed to
01/31/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1129ES1
01/31/2019Printed as engrossed 19105827D-ES1
02/01/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1129ES1)
02/01/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/06/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2019Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Committee substitute printed 19106678D-H1
02/12/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1129H1)
02/12/2019Read second time
02/13/2019Motion to refer to committee agreed to (50-Y 45-N)
02/13/2019VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION (50-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2019Left in Courts of Justice
12/29/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1891 and HB2231.