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. 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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