Food stamps; eligibility, drug-related felonies. (HB391)

Introduced By

Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eligibility for food stamps; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. Under current law, a person otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied food stamp benefits based on a felony conviction of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250, 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. This bill was incorporated into HB 566. Read the Bill »


01/28/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103950D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Welfare
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB391)
01/23/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB566-Guzman)
01/28/2020Incorporated by Health, Welfare and Institutions (HB566-Guzman)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB124.


Keith Savage writes:

This is a great bill! The law was written as a defacto racist law with the intent to harm societies of color. The current law is wrong and this needs to be corrected. Jim Crow laws must be abolished.

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