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Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL)

LEGISLATIVE TRACKING – Virginia General Assembly

January 15, 2019

 

All legislation and current status: http://lis.virginia.gov/

Upcoming legislative meetings: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+oth+MTG

Delegate contact info: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Senator contact info: https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

Budget information: https://budget.lis.virginia.gov/

 

HB-House Bill, SB-Senate Bill, HJ-House Joint Resolution, SJ-Senate Joint Resolution

 

Legislation, Patron

Description

Status

HB1645, Bourne

Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of income to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices

Rules

HB1647, Bourne

Same as SB1062

Prohibits discriminatory housing practices in the ordinance application process and permitting of housing developments

Rules

HB1693, Rodman

High school family life education for high school students with DD

Education Subcomm #1

HB1741, Bulova

Making false statements about finances to qualify for housing assistance could result in a charge of grand larceny if the benefit is $500 or more

 

Courts of Justice

HB1786, Hurst

Clarifies that power-driven mobility devices defined in 28 CFR 35.104 can be driven on sidewalks

Transportation

HB1792, VanValkenburg

Employers prohibited from entering into no compete agreements with low-wage employee after 7/1/19

Commerce and Labor, Subcomm #1

HB1812, Hope

Dependents of foreign service members transferred out of VA can remain on the DD Waivers wait list, if the service member keeps VA legal residence & intends to return

Health, Welfare & Institutions, Subcomm #1

HB1927, Keam

DMV ID cards may include that someone is blind or visually impaired

Transportation, Subcomm #3

HB1986,

Bell, Richard

Child in a state hospital or state mental health facility for inpatient treatment shall, if appropriate, participate in any education and training program in such state hospital or state mental health facility unless child has been excused for religious purposes

Education, Subcomm #1

HB1989, Heretick

Removes eligibility of individuals with a significant disability for Long-Term Employment Support Services (LTESS) and Extended Employment Services (ESS). These employment services would remain available to people with a most significant disability.

Health, Welfare & Institutions, Subcomm #3

HB2035, Price

Permit DMAS or its designees to receive criminal history information

Health, Welfare & Institutions, Subcomm #2

HB2094, Guzman

Establishes a hiring preference in state government for persons with disabilities, provided that such person meets all of the knowledge, skill, and ability requirements for the position and is able to perform the job

General Laws

HB2126, Davis

Requires insurance plans to use step therapy - specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition and medically appropriate for a particular patient are covered under a health benefit.

Commerce and Labor

HB2137, Thomas

Replaces the term "hearing impaired" and its variations with "deaf or hard of hearing," "hearing loss," or "loss of hearing" throughout the Code of Virginia.

Health, Welfare & Institutions

HB2296, Leftwich

Allow financial institutions with websites that are inaccessible to people who are blind or vision impaired or deaf or hard of hearing four months to comply with the law before a lawsuit can be filed under the ADA or other disability law. Onerous notification requirements established.

Courts of Justice

HB2306, Landes

Same as SB1485

Directs DARS to have a referral process for noncompetitive nonintegrated employment with employment services organizations eligible to receive state-funded LTESS or ESS.

Health, Welfare & Institutions

HB2338, Landes

Prohibit performance-based Standards of Learning assessments. Require alternative assessments produce quantifiable metrics and performance measures. Require DOE to perform reviews and audits on local alternative assessments for high school courses.

Education

HB2389, Lopez

Provides that 20% of annual recordation tax revenue in excess of $325 million shall be deposited into the Virginia Housing Trust Fund.

Finance

HB2408, Adams

Pilot program to transition certain students with IEPs from private to public school

Education

HB2430, Levine

Prohibits a guardian from prohibiting or restricting such incapacitated person from communicating, visiting, or interacting with other persons they have expressed a desire to communicate with, visit, or interact with.

Courts of Justice

HB2433, Torian

Creates an income tax credit for expenses incurred by an individual in caring for an eligible family member who requires assistance with one or more activities of daily living. The credit equals 50% of eligible expenditures, but shall not exceed $1,000.

Finance

HB2463, Tran

Specifies that, in any due process hearing before a hearing officer to resolve certain disputes relating to the education of children with disabilities, the local school division has the burden of proof.

Education

HB2472, Plum

Addresses hate crimes related to gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Courts of Justice

HB2474, Torian

Requires DMAS to establish an expedited application process for individuals diagnosed with a terminal condition who need long-term care services.

Health, Welfare and Institutions

HB2508, Pogge

HB2668, Tran

Includes licensed behavior analysts in the list of support services necessary for the efficient and cost-effective operation and maintenance of public schools.

Education-Pogge

Appropriations-Tran

HB2530, Head

Requires DMAS to establish cost sharing (deductibles) for Medicaid services for people with household income above 100% of the federal poverty level.

Appropriations

HB2531, Head

Requires DMAS to enroll in the Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) program people with a household income greater than 100% of the federal poverty, who meet HIPP criteria and who are determined to be cost effective to be in HIPP.

Appropriations

HB2574, LaRock

Allows a local school board to apply to the Virginia Board of Education to replace certain Standards of Learning assessments with performance-based assessments.

Education

HB2577, Thomas

Requires health insurance entities to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for individuals of any age. Now required from age 2-10.

Commerce and Labor

HB2599, Bell, John

Relating to student restraint and seclusion in public schools: prohibit prone or facedown restraint; specific requirements for seclusion rooms or spaces; specific notice and documentation requirements.

Education

HB2601, Plum

Requires health insurers to cover hearing aids for minor aged children.

Commerce and Labor

HB2652, Hope

Directs the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to require providers to give employee reference information to other such licensed providers

Health, Welfare and Institutions

HB2669, Roem

Requires health insurers to cover prosthetic devices, including myoelectric, biomechanical, or microprocessor-controlled prosthetic devices that have a Medicare code.

Commerce and Labor

HB2713, Kory

Permit medical assisted suicide

 

HJ636, McGuire

Department of Social Services to study feasibility and cost of creating a database and resource for individuals seeking to employ a personal caregiver to obtain comprehensive background information regarding the prospective caregiver.

Rules

HJ645, Freitas

Study of the impact of Medicaid expansion

Rules

HJ673, Roem

Study of the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Program

Rules

SB1062, McClellan

Same as HB1647

Prohibits discriminatory housing practices in the ordinance application process and permitting of housing developments.

General Law and Technology

SB1071, Peake

Prohibits closing of Central Virginia Training Center.

Rehab and Social Services

SB1103, Howell

Removes the exemption from the Virginia Minimum Wage Act of any person who normally works and is paid on the basis of the amount of work done.

Commerce and Labor

SB1104, Peake

Allow Community Policy and Management Teams to use funds for public school programs.

Finance

SB1135, Favola

Amend the criteria for determining the priority status of individuals on the waiting list for the Community Living Waiver to include individuals with DD exiting foster care.

Rehab and Social Services

SB1137, Favola

Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, as defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty.

Courts of Justice

SB1144, Peake

Provides that, if a guardian fails to file the required annual report, the court may issue a summons.

Courts of justice

SB1258, Dunnavant

Requires local school boards to employ one full-time equivalent licensed behavior analyst or licensed assistant behavior analyst per five schools in the school division. SB1134, SB1172, SB1528 incorporated into SB1258

Reported from Education and Health

Rereferred to Finance

SB1264, Vogel

SB1576, Suetterlein

Pilot program to transition certain students with IEPs from private to public school

Rules-Vogel

Education and Health-Suetterlein

SB1302, Barker

Allow financial institutions with websites that are inaccessible to people who are blind or vision impaired or deaf or hard of hearing four months to comply with the law before a lawsuit can be filed under the ADA or other disability law. Onerous notification requirements established.

Courts of Justice

SB1352, McDougle

Creates as an independent state agency the Office of Medicaid Fiscal Oversight and Accountability to perform Medicaid oversight and accountability responsibilities.

Reported from Education and Health. Rereferred to Finance

SB1365, DeSteph

Increases the Education Improvement Scholarships tax credit amount from 100 percent to 300 percent. The bill broadens who is eligible for the Scholarships.

Finance

SB1472, Deeds

Requires school boards to have policies requiring full time teachers and other relevant personnel to complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program.

Education and Health

SB1485, Hanger

Same as HB2306

Directs DARS to have a referral process for noncompetitive nonintegrated employment with employment services organizations eligible to receive state-funded LTESS or ESS.

Finance

SB1590, Dunnavant

Requires that the Virtual Virginia program, the statewide electronic classroom established by the Department of Education, be made available to all public schools.

Education and Health

SB1595, Dunnavant

Requires the Board of Education to adapt its family life Standards of Learning and guidelines, as necessary, to meet the needs of students who use special education.

Education and Health

SB1693, Vogel

Requires health insurance entities to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder through age 18. Now required from age 2-10.

Commerce and Labor

SJ278, Reeves

Provides that one motor vehicle of a veteran who has a 100% service-connected, permanent, and total disability shall be exempt from state and local taxes

Privileges and Elections

 

 

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VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Advocating for the integration & inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society

 

 

2019 Legislative Priorities

 

 

Provide funding for independent living services to prevent institutionalization, assist people to transition from nursing facilities, and to assist young adults to transition from school to adult life.

 

Fund independent living services in areas without an established Center for Independent Living.

 

Oppose legislation that would legalize assisted suicide.

 

Establish policy to improve the communication and education of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

Require transportation network companies, e.g. Uber and Lyft, to adopt and enforce a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability.

 

Require health insurance plans to offer Medicare supplement insurance policies for people with disabilities under age 65.

 

Require health insurance plans to modify medication step therapy that now requires “fail first” protocols for some medications.

 

Reduce the 12,500 person waiting list for the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waivers.

 

Prohibit disability from being the sole basis of denial or restriction of parental custody or visitation.

 

 

VIRGINIA CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Access Independence – Winchester u Appalachian Independence Center – Abingdon u
Blue Ridge Independent Living Center – Roanoke
u Clinch Independent Living Services – Grundy u disAbility Resource Center – Fredericksburg u Disability Rights & Resource Center – Rocky Mount u Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living – Exmore u Endependence Center – Norfolk u Endependence Center of NOVA – Arlington u Independence Empowerment Center – Manassas u Independence Resource Center – Charlottesville u Junction Center for Independent Living – Norton u Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living u New River Valley Disability Resource Center – Christiansburg u Peninsula Center for Independent Living – Hampton u Resources for Independent Living – Richmond u Valley Associates for Independent Living – Harrisonburg

www.vacil.org

 

 

VACIL Webinars

The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) will hold weekly webinars to discuss state legislation addressing disability issues. The webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Each webinar is expected to be 15-60 minutes. Disability organizations are invited to provide information about their issues. Please register to participate in the webinars.

Register for the webinars at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2933144467844802049  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

If you do not have access to the internet during the webinars, you can listen in on the discussion by phone. To join only by phone, dial 978-964-0031, pass code 9927541#. You will not be able to see the material or ask questions if you join the webinar by phone only. If you are joining by phone only, you can request the material an hour before each webinar by contacting cward@endependence.org 

The first webinar on January 24 will include a review of the legislative process, including how the state budget is developed and approved. 

Real-time captioning of the webinar will be provided by request. For a link to the webinar captioning contact cward@endependence.org 

The webinars are open to people with disabilities, their families, and other advocates.

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Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL)

LEGISLATIVE TRACKING – Virginia General Assembly

January 19, 2018

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Vacil Select Budget Amendments Requested by Senators and Delegates 

 

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