Bill Text: VA HB566 | 2020 | Regular Session | Prefiled


Bill Title: Food stamps and TANF; eligibility, drug-related felonies.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-01-14 - Assigned HWI sub: Social Services [HB566 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-HB566-Prefiled.html
20105131D
HOUSE BILL NO. 566
Offered January 8, 2020
Prefiled January 6, 2020
A BILL to amend and reenact §63.2-505.2 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 63.2-607.1, relating to eligibility for food stamps and TANF; drug-related felonies.
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Patron-- Guzman
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Committee Referral Pending
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §63.2-505.2 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 63.2-607.1 as follows:

§63.2-505.2. Eligibility for food stamps; drug-related felonies.

A person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall be exempt from the application of section § 115(a) of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, and shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in violation of §18.2-250, provided 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 any other obligations as determined by the Department.

§63.2-607.1. Eligibility for TANF; drug-related felonies.

A person who is otherwise eligible to receive TANF assistance shall be exempt from the application of §115(a)(1) of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, and shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in violation of § 18.2-250.

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