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Feb 21

DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY 

 

Keep Calm and Lead On!

Disability Awareness Day  February 27 at the VT Statehouse

 

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is gearing up for Disability Awareness Day on Feb. 27. As usual, the event will take place under the Golden Dome. The theme this year is citizen participation, and advocates will be urging peers and legislators to “Keep calm and lead on!” This is a nod to the late Justin Dart Jr., known as the “Godfather of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

 

VCDR President Sarah Launderville said, “This is one of my favorite days of the year, where people with disabilities from across the state come and meet with lawmakers, connect with one another and are part of the political process. The experiences of people with disabilities are important for lawmakers to hear about firsthand. The stories will leave a lasting impression, which in turn will lead to laws that are inclusive and thoughtfully crafted as legislators connect to the lives of people with

disabilities.”

 

A highlight of the day will be a keynote address by Patrick Standen. He will deliver a speech entitled, “A Short History of a Very Long Problem: Disability and Discrimination.” Standen is an author, teacher and activist who teaches philosophy at Saint Michael’s College and medical ethics at the University Vermont. He also serves as president of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association, a nonprofit organization that provides athletes with physical disabilities competitive and recreational sporting opportunities.

 

Standen is a pioneer in adaptive sports and is a competitive athlete in a number of sports including biathlon, Nordic sit skiing, sled hockey and sailing.

 

Another highlight of the day will be a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in Room 11. Advocates will shine a spotlight on a number of VCDR priorities including the need for a director in the Agency of Human Services addressing issues in the Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-Blind community, budget issues, unfreezing the Attendant Services Program and passing H.3 (an act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools), as well as identify other system gaps.

 

Disability Awareness Day will feature a graduation ceremony for graduates of the 2019 Vermont Leadership Series, which trains Vermonters with developmental disabilities, and their family members, to be advocates for positive social change.

The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights is a cross-disability advocacy organization. VCDR member organizations, staff members and volunteers engage individuals with disabilities and family members in Vermont’s legislative and policy activities, enabling them to have a voice in the administrative and legislative decisions that affect their daily lives and civil

rights.

 

VCDR gratefully acknowledges the support of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council and the Center on Disability & Community Inclusion, UVM. Their financial support makes the events of the day possible.

 

For more information about Disability Awareness Day, contact Stefanie Monte at

[email protected] or 802-224-1820.

The 2019 VCDR Platform is attached.

Submitted by Karen Lafayette  [email protected]

 

VCDR 2019 Platform FINAL DLB JAN19.pdf
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Feb 14

VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

February 11 – February 15

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2019 Legislative Session. This is the first year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.                                                       

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.  

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

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*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

 

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendars & Journals

 

Current House Calendar

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/hc190118.pdf

 

Current House Journal

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/hj190118.pdf

 

Senate Calendars & Journals

 

Current Senate Calendar
https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/sc190118.pdf

Current Senate Journals

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/sj190118.pdf

  As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:

 

House

Senate

Tuesday:

10:00 am

9:30 am

Wednesday:

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

Thursday:

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

Friday

9:30 am

11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/

Joint Fiscal has a new legislative page. You can find the Budget Documents and Fiscal Reports on their site, as well as other information

NEW Department of Mental Health

Budget Talking Points

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/34f136d18e/DMH-FY20-Talking-Points-Final.pdf

Budget Presentation

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/788c0335e1/DMH-FY20-Budget-Presentation_HCA_-2019-02-11.pdf

NEW Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/77c346104c/DAIL-SFY20-Budget-Testimony-for-AHS-DAIL.pdf

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/c78ae97426/DAIL-SFY_2020_Budget_Vantage_Reports.pdf

 

NEW Department of Children and Families

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/64cb3e595d/2019-DCF-Budget-Presentation-for-FY20.pdf

 

FY20 Agency Budget Presentation

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/FY%202020%20State%20Budget/C.%20Human%20Services/19-0730~Al%20Gobeille,%20Secretary,%20Agency%20of%20Human%20Services~FY20%20Agency%20Budget%20Presentation~1-31-2019.pdf

FY 2020 Executive Budget Summary – Agency of Administration | FY 2020                                   https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/9387e7a566/FY-2020-Executive-Budget-Summary.pdf

Budget documents showing the individual agency budgets and the “Up and Downs” (increases and reductions) have not yet been published. Those will be available when the human Services Secretary testified and the Department heads in front of the Appropriations Committee

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 Report to the Legislature:  
VERMONT 2019 

Data Collection and Report; Patients Seeking

Mental Health Care in Hospital Settings

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/Senate%20Health%20and%20Welfare/Mental%20Health/W~Sarah%20Squirrell~Act%20200,%20Section%207%20Report~2-12-2019.pdf

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*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2020

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***This Week’s Highlights***

Vermont Medical Society’s Advocacy Day 2019 February 14

On Thursday the Vermont Medical Society has invited a number of legislative committees to a breakfast panel focused on “The Future of Health Care in Vermont.”  Room 10 – 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in Room 10

 

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PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE FY20 BUDGET

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2020 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on:

Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the following 5 locations.

Morrisville – People’s Academy High School, Auditorium, top of Copley Avenue

Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room

St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main Street

St. Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows Street

Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 108, 1 Abenaki Way

Notice Time Difference: 

Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Selectmen’s Hall)      5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended State budget at the above dates and times. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants.

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***Committee Highlights***

HOUSE COMMITTEES

House Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/9

The House Appropriations Committee will continue to hear from all the agencies and departments of state on the proposed FY 2020 Budget. On Monday they will hear from the Department of Mental Health and on Tuesday they will hear from the Department of Corrections. On Thursday they will receive the  2018 Annual Report – Blueprint from the Department of Vermont Health Access

 House Commerce and Economic Development:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/11

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the committee will hear from a number of Workforce Development initiatives. On Friday they will hear from the Administration on their Economic Development initiatives.

House Corrections and Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/17

All week the committee will hear about the Capitol Budget for FY2020-2021.

House Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/10

On Tuesday the committee will hear the introduction of   H. 185 – An act relating to transgender and gender nonconforming student access to gender-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities, and on Wednesday and Friday the committee will take up H. 140 – An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education and hear from Vermont Legal Aid and the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

H. 185 – An act relating to transgender and gender nonconforming student access to gender-segregated school programs, activities, and facilities https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0185/H-0185%20As%20Introduced.pdf                                                    

H.140  An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education        https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 House General, Housing, and Military: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/13

On Tuesday and Wednesday the committee will continue to discuss   H. 107 – An act relating to paid family each day of the week                               

H.107 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/14

House Health Care: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/15

The House Health Care Committee will take up the Administrations’ Healthcare proposal again and on Wednesday they will take up   H. 153 – An act relating to banning preexisting condition exclusions. On Thursday they will hear from the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center and get an update on Suicide Prevention Efforts in Vermont

H. 153 – An act relating to banning preexisting condition exclusions https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0153/H-0153%20As%20Introduced.pdf  

 

 
On Tuesday the committee will take up hear from DAIL on  Residential Care Receivership and on Thursday will hear about Child Care from the Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families

H. 85 – An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0085/H-0085%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

House Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/291

On Tuesday and Wednesday the committee will take up H.57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0057/H-0057%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/20

On Tuesday the committee will hear about Transportation for Vermonters – Transportation as a barrier for moving Vermonters out of poverty from Capstone VT transportation program

House Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/21

The committee will tack up sections of the Miscellaneous Tax bill all week.

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/23

The Committee will take up the Governor’s FY 2020 all week. On Wednesday afternoon the committee will hear from the Secretary of Human Services.

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/32

On Wednesday the committee will take up A. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage and hear about the Governor’s Vermont Housing Incentive Program.

S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.23

Senate Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/24

H.3 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 46 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0046/S-0046%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Report of the Agency of Education Census-Based Advisory Group https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/edu-act-173-advisory-group-legislative-report-january-2019.pdf

Senate Finance: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/25

Senate Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/26

Senate Health and Welfare: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/27

On Tuesday morning the committee will hear about Reforming Vermont’s Mental Health System: Report to the Legislature on the Implementation of Act 200, Section 3 and on Wednesday they will review the Childcare Demand Study. On Friday the committee will hear about Primary Care Spending and Mental Health Payment Reform.

S. 53 – An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/29

On Wednesday the committee will hear about Senator Ashe’s Challenge to Reduce the Prison Population and on Thursday discuss a Racial Bias Bill

Senate Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/539

 

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***Legislation Introduced of Interest***

This is a weekly list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont.

A full listing is attached and can also be found at WWW.VCDR.org

 

NEW Bills as of February 11, 2019

 

House Bills, 2/11/19

H. 165 An act relating to increasing penalties for using a portable electronic device while operating a moving motor vehicle.

Introduced by Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Robert Bancroft, Rep. Lynn Batchelor, Rep. Patrick Brennan, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Martha Feltus, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Charles Kimbell, Rep. Michael Marcotte, Rep. Leland Morgan, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. John Palasik, Rep. Carl Rosenquist, Rep. Brian Savage, Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, and Rep. Tommy Walz.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to increase penalties for violating laws governing the use of a portable electronic device, including for texting, while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway.

 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0165/H-0165%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 167 An act relating to the sale and use of fireworks.

Introduced by Rep. Charles Shaw, Rep. Lawrence Cupoli, Peter Fagan, Rep. James Harrison, Christopher Mattos,

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that a purchaser of fireworks present his or her permit for fireworks use to the seller at the time of the sale, and prohibits the use of fireworks after 10:00 p.m.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0167/H-0167%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 162 An act relating to removal of buprenorphine from the misdemeanor crime of possession of a narcotic.

Introduced by Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Maria Cordes, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. LaLonde, Rep. Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Ann Pugh, Barbara Rachelson, and Rep. Maida Townsend.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to remove buprenorphine from the misdemeanor crime of possession of a narcotic.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0162/H-0162%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 160 An act relating to support for enhanced broadband deployment in Vermont.

Introduced by Rep. Laura Sibilia.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to develop programs and initiatives designed to facilitate the deployment of broadband Internet access service throughout Vermont.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0160/H-0160%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 159 An act relating to establishing a waiting period for firearms sales.

Introduced by Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. George Till, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colson, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Diane Gonzalez, Rep. Nadir Hashim, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Linda Sullivan, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, and Rep. Michael Yantachka.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a 72-hour waiting period for all firearms sales.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0159/H-0159%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 158 An act relating to standards for the care of domestic pets

Introduced by Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Mary Sullivan, and Rep. Maida Townsend.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend standards relating to the care of domestic pets, including standards for 10 activities and programs intended to reduce the number of cats without homes, such as capturing, spaying or neutering, vaccination, and return of unowned cats.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0158/H-0158%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 153 An act relating to banning preexisting condition exclusions.

Introduced by Rep. Brian Cia, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Anne Donahue, Re

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CDCI Connects: A monthly newsletter from the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
CDCI Connects Issue 6, January 2019: Policy 

Welcome

As we’re barely a month into a new year, it seems like a great time to reflect on new beginnings! The most exciting of which (for us at CDCI, anyway) is that of the birth of Director Jesse Suter’s second son. Jesse and his wife welcomed Charles Thomas to the world on January 19, and all are happy and healthy. Jesse will be taking some time away from the newsletter to be with his family, and we wish them all continued health, happiness, and hopefully some sleep.

The cycle of new beginnings can be seen in our politics this January, too. After more than a month in a partial shutdown, the federal government is, at least temporarily, up and running. 2019 also welcomed the convening of the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history. Locally, the Vermont Legislature is also back in session with Democrats holding an overwhelming majority, while Republican Phil Scott and Democrat David Zuckerman start their second terms as Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively.

With the opening of new legislative sessions, the policies that affect our lives and the lives of those we work with, support, and care for can undoubtedly change. In this month’s newsletter, we look at some of our partners who help advocate for policy and systems change to better the lives of those who experience disability, take a peek at a bill geared toward ethnic and social equity in our schools, and share about a new place in town to grab a cup of coffee while promoting inclusion, equity, and access.

Happy New Year,

Jeanne Nauheimer
Dissemination Coordinator

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council Logo

Community Partner: DD Council

In November’s issue, we took a brief look at the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act for short). The DD Act is what makes it not just possible but actually required for Centers like CDCI to exist in every US state and territory. University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities are only a part of this authorization. There is also a mandate for every state to have a Protection and Advocacy Agency as well as a Developmental Disabilities Council. We like to think of it as three sisters or three legs of a stool that together hold up the principles of the DD Act.

This month, we took a closer look at one of the other legs: Vermont’s Developmental Disabilities Council (VTDDC).

Read more about VTDDC
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Community Partner: Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (VCDR) is an organization that works to “advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and political process” (VCDR website). VCDR works to fight for cross-disability rights, including those who experience developmental, psychiatric, sensory, physical, and other disabilities and puts out an annual policy platform that can help inform legislatures and community members.

Read more about VCDR

Vermont Reintroduces Ethnic and Social Equity Studies Bill

The Vermont Education Committee unanimously endorsed H.3, a bill that would convene a working group for Vermont’s academic standards to demonstrate ethnic and social equity curricula. This bill would also require data on bullying, harassment, and hazing in schools to be broken down by student demographics. A similar bill was proposed last year, but it did not make it out of committee. While there seems to be general recognition for how important H.3 can be, the Vermont Digger reported that some are worried there may not be the support needed to carry out this work.

Accessibility Achievements

UVM Updates LimeSurvey Templates

The University of Vermont uses LimeSurvey, a free and open source survey tool. LimeSurvey helps students, faculty, and staff throughout the university create and take surveys that widely vary in both complexity and targeted audience. CDCI is pleased to share that the default template for UVM LimeSurvey has been updated this week so that its color contrast ratios meet accessibility standards. We want to thank Amber Fulcher and Paul Yoon in the Office of Human Resources, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs for their care in providing the university with materials that can be accessed by everyone, and to the Tech Team within UVM’s Enterprise Technology Services for quickly amending a template used by so many!

Arts, Media, & Culture

VPR Statehouse Coverage

Did you know that VPR has extensive coverage of the Vermont Legislature? Hosts Bob Kinzel and Peter Hirschfeld cover many of the goings on within the statehouse, and the radio network also provides a live-stream of House and Senate proceedings.

New Coffee House in Downtown Burlington

Perky Planet is a new coffee shop on the corner of King and St. Paul that employs individuals with disabilities as part of its business model. The coffee shop had its soft opening this past weekend after crowdsourcing the funds to purchase equipment in 2018.
Watch NBC5’s news story on Perky Planet.

Upcoming Events

Interested in more events hosted by CDCI, our partners, or others of interest to our community? Check out CDCI’s Event Calendar to find out about more opportunities to learn, connect, and have fun!

We’d like to let our readers know about the events of our friends and partners! If you would like to get the word out about an upcoming event, please email Jeanne Nauheimer.

NFI Vermont Youth & Parent Resource Expo

February 9, 2019, 10am-3pm
University Mall, South Burlington, VT

NFI Vermont will be hosting an expo of community organizations to display information that may benefit youth and their families from our local communities. This event is free and open to the public.

CANS Framework Presentation with Dr. John Lyons

February 21, 2019, 2-4pm
Davis Center, University of Vermont

John Lyons, creator of the Child and adolescent needs and strengths (CANS tool) will be coming to Vermont February 21st & 22nd. CANS is used across Vermont (and many other states) to aid in cross-system collaboration and progress monitoring.

Vermont Disability Awareness Day

February 27, 2019, All Day
Capitol 
Building, Montpelier, VT
Save the date for Disability Awareness Day at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights (CDCI is a member) holds this annual event to raise awareness of key issues and “celebrate our common humanity.”

2019 Vermont Care Partners Conference: Stepping Forward Together

March 14, 2019
Davis Center, University of Vermont

Vermont Care Partners will be holding its annual conference to continue the discussion with national, regional, and local speakers about health disparities, cultural competence and ways we can improve our service delivery to all Vermonters. Learn more information about the Vermont Care Partners 2019 Conference.

Vermont Family Network Annual Conference

April 3, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm
DoubleTree Hotel, South Burlington, VT

Save the date for the Vermont Family Network annual conference. Conference Details.

Intelligent Lives Film Screening with Dan Habib

April 3, 2019, 3:00pm-6:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel, South Burlington, VT

We are excited to announce that IntelligentLives and its creator Dan Habib are coming to Vermont. This new film captures an emerging paradigm in which people who have accessed supports can successfully participate in general education, college, integrated employment, and relationships. Make sure to save the date and RSVP on Facebook!
Watch Intelligent Lives trailer.

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VCDR 2019 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events

February 4 – February 8

Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights

VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2019 Legislative Session. This is the first year of the two year legislative biennium.

These weekly alerts contain summaries of legislative activities, committee agendas, and House and Senate Calendar items that would be of interest to the disability community. The complete committee schedules will not be found here, but a link has been provided for the complete Legislative Committee agendas, the Legislative Calendar and Journal Page, and the Legislative Web-Site.                                                       

You will find highlights of the week’s Legislative activities for specific committees, public hearing notifications, and calendar activity of interest in this weekly report, as well as a listing and brief explanations of legislation introduced at the end of the committee schedules when available.  

This Committee Schedule is generally published on Monday of each week, but is subject to change throughout the week. Please check the calendar online, on the Vermont Legislative web page for updates.

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*** LEGISLATIVE WEB PAGE***

http://legislature.vermont.gov/

***COMMITTEE INFORMATION ***

Committees have their own web-pages, where you can find documents and written testimony as well as committee schedules.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

House & Senate Committee Assignments:

Make sure when you go to this page you click on “SHOW ALL MEMBERS”

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/list/2020#

 

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** Calendars and Journals **

House Calendars & Journals

 

Current House Calendar

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/hc190118.pdf

 

Current House Journal

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/hj190118.pdf

 

Senate Calendars & Journals

 

Current Senate Calendar
https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/CALENDAR/sc190118.pdf

Current Senate Journals

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/JOURNAL/sj190118.pdf

  As a general rule the House and Senate meet at these times during the session:

Floor Times:

 

House

Senate

Tuesday:

10:00 am

9:30 am

Wednesday:

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

Thursday:

1:00 pm

1:00 pm

Friday

9:30 am

11:30 am

 

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***LIVE STREAMS***

You can listen on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/online-streams

Listen to House and Senate activity when they are in session

      VCDR – **Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights**

Information may also be found on the VCDR Website: www.vcdr.org

The VCDR Website is now online. Some pages are still under construction.

Please visit our FACEbook Page

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***Joint Fiscal Page ***

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/

Joint Fiscal has a new legislative page. You can find the Budget Documents and Fiscal Reports on their site, as well as other information

NEW Agency of Human Services – Agency-wide Crosswalks – FY20 https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/d48ab7d5e6/AHS-Agency-wide-FY20-Ups-Downs-v55.pdf

NEW FY20 Agency Budget Presentation

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/WorkGroups/House%20Appropriations/FY%202020%20State%20Budget/C.%20Human%20Services/19-0730~Al%20Gobeille,%20Secretary,%20Agency%20of%20Human%20Services~FY20%20Agency%20Budget%20Presentation~1-31-2019.pdf

FY 2020 Executive Budget Summary – Agency of Administration | FY 2020                                  https://ljfo.vermont.gov/assets/Uploads/9387e7a566/FY-2020-Executive-Budget-Summary.pdf

Budget documents showing the individual agency budgets and the “Up and Downs” (increases and reductions) have not yet been published. Those will be available when the human Services Secretary testified and the Department heads in front of the Appropriations Committee

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H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0097/H-0097%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Budget Adjustment Documents: https://ljfo.vermont.gov/publications/appropriations-and-budget-reports

FY 2019 Budget Adjustment Web Report:

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/custom_reports/webreports/webreports_baa/web/FY2019%20BAA%20Web%20Report%201-14-2019%202_39_22%20PM.html

FY 2019 Budget Adjustment – Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living:   https://vtjfo.bluehousegroup.com/assets/Uploads/34166bfaa5/Department-of-Disabilities-Aging-and-Independent-LivingFY19-BAATestimony1-16-2019.pdf

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*** Committee Schedules***

Complete Weekly Committee Schedules

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/weeklyAgendas/2020

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***This Week’s Highlights***

The House Appropriations Committee has begun hearing testimony on the Governor’s proposed FY 2020 Budget. The Human Services Secretary testified on Thursday January 31. On Monday the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families will deliver the specifics of the DCF budget and on Wednesday morning the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living will testify on the DAIL budget

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE FY20 BUDGET

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2020 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on

 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the following 5 locations.

Morrisville – People’s Academy High School, Auditorium, top of Copley Avenue

Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room

St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main Street

St. Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows Street

Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 108, 1 Abenaki Way

 

Notice Time Difference:

 

Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Selectmen’s Hall)      5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended State budget at the above dates and times. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants.

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***Committee Highlights***

HOUSE COMMITTEES

House Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/9

The House Appropriations Committee will continue to hear from all the agencies and departments of state on the proposed FY 2020 Budget. On Monday the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families will deliver the specifics of the DCF budget and on Wednesday morning the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living will testify on the DAIL budget

House Commerce and Economic Development:  https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/11

On Tuesday morning the committee will hear from the Director, Workforce Policy and Performance, Department of Labor and the Employment Services Manager, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Creative Workforce Development. On Thursday afternoon they will hear about Childcare Workforce issues

House Corrections and Institutions: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/17

On Tuesday the committee will hear from the Department of Corrections and the rest of the week they will be discussing the Capitol Budget for FY2020-2021.

House Committee on Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/10

On Thursday the committee will take up H. 140 – An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education and hear from Vermont Legal Aid and the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators

H.140  An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education        https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House General, Housing, and Military: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/13

The committee will take up H. 107 – An act relating to paid family each day of the week                               

H.107 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

House Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/14

House Health Care: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/15

The House Health Care Committee will hear from the Office of the Health Care Advocate on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday will take up the Administrations’ healthcare proposal. On Thursday they will hear from the Department of Health, Mental Health and Vermont Health Access.

House Human Services: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/531

On Tuesday the committee will take up H. 85 – An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents and   H. 57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday the committee will hear from the Secretary of Human Services.

H. 85 – An act relating to increasing the personal needs allowance for certain nursing home residents https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0085/H-0085%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 57 – An act relating to preserving the right to abortion https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.57

 

House Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/291

On Wednesday the committee will hear from the Human Rights Commission and take up Fair and Impartial Policing once again.

House Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/20

On Wednesday morning the committee will hear about Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for Low and Moderate Income Vermonters

House Ways and Means: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/21 No schedule posted at this time.

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

Senate Appropriations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/23

Tuesday through Thursday the committee will take up H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments and have committee discussion. On Friday afternoon the committee will begin to look at the FY 2020 Budget.

H. 97 – An act relating to fiscal year 2019 budget adjustments https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0097/H-0097%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/32

On Tuesday morning and Friday the committee will take testimony on S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage. On Wednesday and Thursday they will take up Housing issues.

S. 23 – An act relating to increasing the minimum wage https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/S.23

Senate Education: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/24

On Tuesday and Wednesday the committee will take up H. 3 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools (Passed in the House –but not yet posted as passed). On Tuesday afternoon the committee will hear again from the Census-Based Advisory Group Report

H.3 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0003/H-0003%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S. 46 – An act relating to ethnic and social equity studies standards for public schools https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0046/S-0046%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Report of the Agency of Education Census-Based Advisory Group https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/edu-act-173-advisory-group-legislative-report-january-2019.pdf

Senate Finance: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/25

On Tuesday the committee will get an Update on Acoountable Care Organizations and on Friday the y will hear about the History of Health Care Reform in Vermont and Health Insurance 101

Senate Government Operations: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/26

Senate Health and Welfare: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/27

On Tuesday morning the committee will hear about Sheriffs in Hospital Emergency Rooms from the Department of Mental Health and the Association of Hospitals. On Tuesday morning the will also hear from the Commissioner of DCF on Woodside. On Thursday the committee will take up S. 42 – An act relating to requiring at least one member of the Green Mountain Care Board to be a health care professional and S. 53 – An act relating to increasing the proportion of health care spending allocated to primary care

S.42 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0042/S-0042%20As%20Introduced.pdf

S.53 https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0053/S-0053%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Senate Judiciary: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/29

On Friday the committee will hear about Recommendations for Woodside Facility

Senate Transportation: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/agenda/2020/539

The Senate Transportation Committee will hear about the Public Transit budget on Wednesday morning from the Agency of Transportation. 

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***Legislation Introduced of Interest***

This is a weekly list of bills introduced this session of interest to the disability community with a short summary of each courtesy of Disability Rights Vermont.

A full listing is attached and can also be found at WWW.VCDR.org

 

NEW Bills as of February 1st, 2019

 

House Bills

H. 103 An act relating to unlawful possession of a regulated drug

Introduced by Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Martin LaLonde , Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Nader Hashim

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to restructure drug possession laws moving from a graduated penalty structure based on the amount possessed to a two-tier structure of categorizing possession as a misdemeanor and possession with intent to sell as a felony.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0103/H-0103%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 104 An act relating to professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation

Introduced by  Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendment to statutes governing professions and occupations regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0104/H-0104%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 107 An act relating to paid family leave

Introduced by Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Rep. Samuel Young , Rep. Janet Ancel, Rep. Peter Anthony, Rep. Sarah “Sarita” Austin, Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Jessica Brumsted, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Annmarie Christensen, Rep. Kevin Christie, Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Sara Coffey, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Harold “Hal” Colston, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Katherine “Kari” Dolan, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Marcia Gardner, Rep. Dylan Giambatista, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Nader Hashim, Rep. Matthew Hill, Rep. Mary Hooper, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kathleen James, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Jill Krowinski, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Diane Lanpher, Rep. William Lippert, Rep. Emily Long, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. William Notte, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Carol Ode, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Marybeth Redmond, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Rep. Thomas Stevens, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Tristan Toleno, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. Theresa Wood, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create a Paid Family Leave Insurance Program within the Departments of Labor and Taxes that will be funded by contributions from employers and employees. The bill also proposes to amend Vermont’s existing Parental and Family Leave Act to make it applicable to additional employers and to clarify certain provisions.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0107/H-0107%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 108 An act relating to the disproportionate share hospital payment formula

Introduced by Rep. Benjamin Jickling 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the State’s formula for allocation of disproportionate share payments to hospitals from providing for an additional allotment to academic medical centers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0108/H-0108%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 114 An act relating to Medicaid co-payment amounts and Exchange financial assistance

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber , Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require individuals enrolled in the Medicaid program with incomes between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level to pay the maximum amount of co-payments for their health care services as are allowed under federal law. It would also increase the amount of financial assistance available to income-eligible individuals enrolled in health insurance plans offered through the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0114/H-0114%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 116 An act relating to physician assistant licensure

Introduced by Rep. Alice Emmons , Rep. Thomas Bock, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. Robert Forguites, Rep. Ann Pugh, Rep. Charles Shaw

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to make changes to the laws regarding licensure of physician assistants.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0116/H-0116%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 120 An act relating to removing prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment

Introduced by Rep. Ann Pugh 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit health insurance plans and Medicaid from imposing prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0120/H-0120%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 122 An act relating to reapportioning the distribution of benefits within the Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Introduced by Rep. Matthew Trieber 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to reduce the qualifying Federal Poverty Level percentage at which families become eligible for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program. It proposes to use the resulting savings to increase the subsidy amount received by the remaining eligible families.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0122/H-0122%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H.129 An act relating to a universal, publicly financed primary care program for Vermont

Introduced by  Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Kevin Christie , Rep. John Bartholomew, Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. Timothy Briglin, Rep. Mollie Burke, Rep. R. Scott Campbell, Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Peter Conlon, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Carl Demrow, Rep. Johannah Donovan, Rep. David Durfee, Rep. Caleb Elder, Rep. Alice Emmons, Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Rep. Sandy Haas, Rep. Philip Hooper, Rep. Robert Hooper, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. Mary Howard, Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Terence Macaig, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Michael McCarthy, Rep. Curtis McCormack, Rep. James McCullough, Rep. Francis McFaun, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. John O’Brien, Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Rep. Woodman Page, Rep. Carolyn Partridge, Rep. Avram Patt, Rep. Zachariah Ralph, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Amy Sheldon, Rep. Mary Sullivan, Rep. Randall Szott, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. Rebecca White, Rep. David Yacovone, Rep. Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a universal, publicly financed primary care program for all Vermont residents beginning in 2023.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0129/H-0129%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 132 An act relating to adopting protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stevens , Rep. Matthew Birong, Rep. James Carroll, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Charles “Chip” Conquest, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Charen Fegard, Rep. Maxine Grad, Rep. Lori Houghton, Rep. John Killacky, Rep. Emilie Kornheiser, Rep. Martin LaLonde, Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Rep. Logan Nicoll, Rep. Robin Scheu, Rep. Maida Townsend, Rep. Rebecca White

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to adopt protections against housing discrimination for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0132/H-0132%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 137 An act relating to exemptions from the minimum wage

Introduced by Rep. Mary Howard 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to provide a minimum salary that an individual must earn to qualify as an executive, administrative, or professional employee for purposes of being exempt from the minimum wage law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0137/H-0137%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 139 An act relating to prescribing by doctoral-level psychologists

Introduced by Rep. Maida Townsend , Rep. Brian Cina, Rep. Selene Colburn, Rep. Mari Cordes, Rep. Peter Fagan, Rep. James Masland, Rep. Daniel Noyes, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Rep. David Yacovone

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow the Board of Psychological Examiners to confer prescribing authority upon doctoral-level psychologists who have completed specific educational and training requirements.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0139/H-0139%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.140 An act relating to the Advisory Council on Special Education

 Introduced by Rep. Kathryn Webb 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to change the composition and duties of the Advisory Council on Special Education to conform with federal law.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0140/H-0140%20As%20Introduced.pdf

H. 144 An act relating to accounting for medical necessity in commitment decisions

Introduced by Rep. Anne Donahue 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to distinguish between mental illness, developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of examining competency in relation to criminal proceedings. It also amends existing commitment processes for individuals with a mental illness to ensure medical necessity is taken into account.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0144/H-0144%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

Senate bills:

S. 72 An act relating to extreme risk protection orders

Introduced by Sen. Richard Sears 

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Court Administrator and the Agency of Human Services to report annual data on the use of extreme risk protection orders, and to permit a health care provider to notify a law enforcement officer when the health care provider reasonably believes that a patient poses an extreme risk of causing harm to himself or herself or another person by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a dangerous weapon or by having a dangerous weapon within his or her custody or control.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/S-0072/S-0072%20As%20Introduced.pdf

Submitted by Karen Lafayette, VCDRE Coordinator  [email protected]

 

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From: Rita Martin <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:19 AM
To: RehabNet <[email protected]>
Subject: Chairman Scott, Senator Casey, and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Workers with Disabilities Transition to Competitive, Integrated Employment

State Directors,

Below please find the press release about the introduction of a bipartisan bill, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act.  The House bill number is HR 873 and the Senate bill number is S. 260.  You can find the electronic version of the press release here: https://edlabor.house.gov/media/press-releases/chairman-scott-senator-casey-and-congresswoman-mcmorris-rodgers-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-help-workers-with-disabilities-transition-to-competitive-integrated-employment.

The CSAVR Executive Committee was made aware of this legislation at the Winter Executive Committee meeting in Phoenix, AZ in January and the national office wrote a letter of support for the legislation.

The Section by Section which is a link to click on below,  provides a brief synopsis of each of the 5 Titles of the legislation. Please note in Sec. 102 that the State is the grantee and in Sec. 103, the eligible entity is the grantee. State VR Agencies are expected to be partners, but cannot apply for these grants.

This is a wonderful opportunity for States who are interested to pursue funding to move individuals from sheltered employment to competitive integrated employment.  We hope many states will take advantage of this opportunity. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2019

Contact:

Democratic Press Office, 202-226-0853

 Chairman Scott, Senator Casey, and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Workers with Disabilities Transition to Competitive, Integrated Employment

“Expanding competitive integrated employment results in higher wages and greater satisfaction for workers with disabilities.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, which provides states, service providers, sub-minimum wage certificate holders, and other agencies with the resources to help workers with disabilities transition into competitive, integrated employment.

The Transformation to Competitive Employment Act is legislation designed to strengthen and enhance the disability employment service delivery systems throughout states while sub-minimum wages, which are currently allowed under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, are phased out over a six-year period.

Currently, under section 14(c), employers that obtain a certificate are permitted to hire individuals with disabilities at less than minimum wage.

“Every worker should have access to fulfilling employment and economic self-sufficiency. This bill achieves those goals by advancing a culture of inclusion and collaboration between employers and service providers to enable individuals with disabilities to be successful in the workforce with a fair wage,” said Congressman Scott. “By expanding competitive integrated employment, we can raise wages, increase job satisfaction, and promote community participation for workers with disabilities. This legislation is an important step toward creating one fair wage for all.”

 “Holding a job provides many benefits including economic self-sufficiency, a sense of self-worth and social networks. But, for far too many individuals with disabilities, the dignity of work is still out of reach,”Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “Addressing the barriers to employment for people with disabilities means ensuring supports for finding and keeping good-paying jobs. Chairman Scott and I introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act to help organizations strengthen and expand disability employment services and make it possible for people with disabilities to achieve financial security.”

 “Disability employment is the next policy frontier to empower people with disabilities to live full and independent lives. A job is so much more than just a paycheck, it’s what gives us dignity, purpose, and the opportunity for a better life. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan fashion to ensure more people — who are ready, willing, and able to work — find employment,”said Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers.

 Upon enactment, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act would:

  • Create a competitive state grant program to assist states to transition all 14(c) certificate holders to models that support competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. States will be able to apply for these transformation grants and must establish an advisory committee that includes employers, organizations specializing in employment for individuals with disabilities, Medicaid agencies, AbilityOne contractors, individuals with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation agencies.
  • Create a competitive grant program for current 14(c) certificate holders, located in states that do not apply for the state grant, to transition their business models to support individuals with disabilities in competitive, integrated employment.
  • Immediately freeze the issuance of any new 14(c) certificates by the Department of Labor (DOL) and phase out the use of existing 14(c) certificates over 6 years until employees are paid the federal minimum wage.
  • Establish a technical assistance (TA) center to support all entities, even those not receiving the transformation grants, to transition to competitive integrated employment. The TA center, which will be funded by DOL, is tasked with disseminating information about best practices, lessons learned, and models for transition to all entities transitioning to competitive, integrated employment.
  • Require reporting and evaluation on the progress of creating and expanding the service delivery structure to support workers with disabilities in competitive integrated settings and the inclusive wraparound services they receive when not working. States and 14(c) certificate holders will also be required to report on their grant activities, evaluate changes in employment for individuals with disabilities, report average wage information, and evaluate employer actions taken to comply with the phase out of 14(c) and transformation grants.

 To read the section-by-section of the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, click here.

 To read a fact sheet on Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, click here.

 List of Supporting Organizations: American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Autism National Committee, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Autism Society of America, Center for Public Representation (CPR), Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), Disability Rights California, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), Disability Rights Florida, Disability Rights Iowa, Disability Rights New Mexico, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Disability Institute (NDI), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), National Federation of the Blind (NFB), National Rehabilitation Association, TASH, Inc.

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