Food stamps and TANF; eligibility, drug-related felonies. (HB566)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


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 shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. Under current law, such individuals may 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 meets any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services. The bill also provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive TANF benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. This bill incorporates HB 391, HB 786, HB 814, and HB 1130 and is identical to SB 124. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105131D
01/06/2020Referred 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 (HB566)
01/23/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20105729D-H1
01/28/2020Incorporates HB786 (Bagby)
01/28/2020Incorporates HB1130 (Lopez)
01/28/2020Incorporates HB391 (Scott)
01/28/2020Incorporates HB814 (Ward)
01/28/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2020Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB566H1)
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105729D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB566H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/21/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB566ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB566ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/18/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 361 (effective 7/1/20)
03/18/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0361)