SNAP benefits program; eligibility for benefits, postsecondary education. (HB1820)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from 25 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Ashburn), Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; food stamp program; eligibility; postsecondary education. Adds participation in educational activities that lead to a post-secondary credential from an accredited institution of higher education or other postsecondary school licensed or certified by the Board of Education or the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to the list of activities to which a participant in the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work may be enrolled and directs the Board of Social Services to amend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits program to (i) establish broad-based categorical eligibility, (ii) set the gross income eligibility standard at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, (iii) not impose an asset limit for eligibility, and (iv) increase opportunities for self-sufficiency through postsecondary education by allowing SNAP benefits program participants to satisfy applicable employment and training requirements through enrollment in an accredited public institution of higher education or other postsecondary school licensed or certified by the Board of Education or the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101472D
01/06/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2021Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1820)
01/20/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103357D-H1
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/27/2021Reported from Appropriations (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103357D-H1
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1820H1
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1820H1)
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/17/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1820ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1820ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 160 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0160)