SNAP benefits; waiver to allow inmates of correctional facilities to apply prior to release. (HB1270)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


SNAP benefits program; inmates of state or local correctional facilities. Directs the Department of Social Services (the Department) to convene a work group to analyze and develop a proposal to request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow individuals in the custody of state or local correctional facilities in the Commonwealth to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits prior to release from custody. The bill directs the Department to report the work group's findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104410D
01/20/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/28/2022Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22105671D-H1
02/08/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2022Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/08/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1270)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1270H1)
02/09/2022Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Committee substitute printed 22106386D-H2
02/11/2022Read first time
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions substitute rejected 22105671D-H1
02/14/2022Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 22106386D-H2
02/14/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1270H2
02/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1270H2)
02/15/2022Read third time and passed House (86-Y 14-N)
02/15/2022VOTE: Passage (86-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/25/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2022Passed Senate with amendment (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate insisted on amendment (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Sickles, Edmunds, Cherry
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Morrissey, Boysko, Hanger
03/12/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/12/2022Conference substitute printed 22107875D-H3
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by House (83-Y 14-N)
03/12/2022VOTE: Adoption (83-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1270H3)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1270ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1270ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Vetoed by Governor
04/27/2022Placed on Calendar
04/27/2022House sustained Governor's veto

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