Jan 122012
 

VDDHH Legislative Tracking 2012 General Assembly

Each tracking report will include the basic information on the bill as it appears on the Legislative Information System (LIS) plus a section on VDDHH Comments, if any, to explain our interest in the bill.  For each bill, we have provided a link to the actual LIS page for that bill so that you can see the actual bill language and track the bill yourself.  After the initial report on any bill included here, the information provided will be limited to the bill number (linked to the LIS) and a brief update statement.

Bills included in the VDDHH tracking report will be separated into groups of bills as follows:

1.      VDDHH – Lead Agency:  These are bills which directly impact VDDHH and for which VDDHH is the primary contact agency for the administration.  There should only be a few bills in this category.

2.      VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting: These are bills that VDDHH will actively track and will provide specific comments on to ensure that issues in the bill which relate to this agency and the consumers we serve are identified.  “Actively Tracking” means that VDDHH will consistently check on the status of these bills. The agency may, if necessary and appropriate, testify at committee meetings on these bills or provide input to either the patron of the bill or to the LEAD agency responsible for the bill. VDDHH is NOT the lead agency on these bills and our level of involvement may be limited.

3.      VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest: These are bills that may be of general interest to consumers, family members or professionals who receive our tracking reports.   VDDHH is not actively tracking these bills and will not be providing comment or attending committee meetings on these bills.

If a bill is “killed” during the session, it will be removed from the tracking list.  VDDHH may also remove bills from the list if changes are made to the bill which eliminate the specific issues of interest to this agency or the consumers we serve.


VDDHH – Lead Agency

VDDHH is not lead agency on any bills as of 1/12/12.

VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting:

HB 218 Deaf and hard-of-hearing children; special education. (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+sum+HB218 )

Introduced by: Richard P. Bell | all patrons …    notes |

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children; special education. Requires local school divisions to ensure that Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams consider the specific communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and address those needs as appropriate in the child’s IEP.

FULL TEXT

01/09/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103503D pdf

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: This bill is often referred to as the Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights. The Virginia Association of the Deaf has taken an active role in pursuing this legislation. The Department of Education will be the Lead Agency on this bill.  VDDHH will provide general comments as appropriate.

HJ 49 Governor’s Executive Reorganization Plan. (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=121&typ=bil&val=hj49)

Introduced by: C. Todd Gilbert | all patrons …    notes |

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Governor’s Executive Reorganization Plan. Sets out the Governor’s executive reorganization plan dated November 25, 2011, for approval by each house of the General Assembly. The resolution sets out the pertinent details of the plan.

FULL TEXT

01/10/12  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101710D pdf

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: This resolution is a preliminary measure related to the Governor’s proposal to create a new agency including VDDHH, DRS, Aging and Adult Protective Services and all of the other proposals for restructuring from the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform.  This resolution is not the bill that will actually make the new agency into law. That bill has not been filed yet.

VDDHH will not be the lead agency on this bill. We will continue to provide input to the Secretary and Governor’s office on the proposal.  VDDHH has conducted two stakeholders meetings to get input from a wide range of people who are concerned about or interested in the proposal to create the new agency.  We have provided detailed summaries of the comments from those meetings to the Secretary and the Governor’s office.

 

 

 

VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest

HB 79 Disability Commission; establishing work groups to assist in carrying out powers and duties, etc. (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=121&typ=bil&val=hb79)

Introduced by: Robert D. Orrock, Sr. | all patrons …    notes |

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Virginia Disability Commission; powers and duties; work groups; sunset. Provides that the Virginia Disability Commission shall establish work groups to assist the Commission in carrying out its powers and duties. Such work groups shall include work groups focused on issues related to (i) housing and transportation, (ii) education and employment, and (iii) publicly funded services, and may include such other work groups as the Commission deems necessary. The bill also repeals the sunset provision for the Commission, which is set to expire July 1, 2012.

FULL TEXT

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: None.

HB 310 Driver’s licenses; applicants may designate insulin-dependent or a hearing or speech impairment.

Introduced by: Anne B. Crockett-Stark | all patrons …    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Driver’s licenses; diabetes and hearing or speech impairments. Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to prepare an informational brochure to inform driver’s license applicants that they may designate insulin-dependent diabetes or a hearing or speech impairment on their driver’s license or DMV-issued identification card and to mail such brochure with renewal notices.

FULL TEXT

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: None.

 

– Thanks to Leslie Prince