Food stamps and TANF; eligibility, drug-related felonies. (SB124)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


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 SB 155 and is identical to HB 566. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/16/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101203D
12/16/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/10/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/10/2020Incorporates SB155 (Favola)
01/10/2020Committee substitute printed 20105548D-S1
01/10/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB124S1)
01/22/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read second time
01/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105548D-S1
01/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB124S1
01/27/2020Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/18/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Read second time
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Passed House (53-Y 43-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: Passage (53-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB124ER)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB124ER)
02/25/2020Signed by Speaker
02/26/2020Signed by President
03/03/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/03/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 3, 2020
03/03/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 10, 2020
03/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 221 (effective 7/1/20)
03/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0221)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB391.


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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