D.C. Law 22-199. Access to Public Benefits Temporary Amendment Act of 2018.


To amend, on a temporary basis, the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982 to extend the prohibition on the denial of cash or food assistance benefits to adults who are drug felons to include benefits obtained through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility, the General Assistance for Children Program, and the Interim Disability Assistance Program.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Access to Public Benefits Temporary Amendment Act of 2018".

Sec. 2. Section 571 of the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982, effective April 6, 1982 (D.C. Law 4-101; D.C. Official Code § 4-205.71), is amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 571. Granting cash and food assistance benefits to drug felons.

"An adult who is a drug felon shall not be denied cash or food assistance benefits, including TANF, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, POWER, GAC, and Interim Disability Assistance Program benefits, solely because he or she is a drug felon.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Chief Financial Officer as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

(b) This act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Law Information


  • D.C. Law 22-199 (PDF)
  • D.C. Act 22-499 (PDF)
  • 65 DCR 12329


Feb. 22, 2019

Legislative History (LIMS)

Law 22-199, the “Access to Public Benefits Temporary Amendment Act of 2018,” was introduced in the Council and assigned Bill No. 22-939 which was retained by the Council. The bill was adopted on first and second readings on Oct. 2, 2018, and Oct. 16, 2018, respectively. After mayoral review, it was assigned Act No. 22-499 on Oct. 31, 2018, and transmitted to Congress for its review. D.C. Law 22-199 became effective Feb. 22, 2019.