Advocacy

The Council is federally mandated under the Developmental Assistance and Bill of Rights to advocate for public policy change and community acceptance of all people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Council provides advocacy information to self-advocates, family members and organizations. The Council hosts an Advocacy Workshop during the legislative session - this hands-on learning experience is an opportunity for elected officials to meet children and adults with disabilities, family members and personnel working in the field of developmental disabilities.

Voting

In a democracy, citizens have the opportunity to vote on important issues and elect politicians and representatives. ... When more people vote, they increase the chance that the issues that are important to them are taken seriously. If a minority votes, there is a risk that their preferences do not represent the majority. This is an especially significant point for people in the disability community because you have the right to many different accommodations, and it is important to have your voice heard! 

Take a look at this handy information page on voting!   Voting Handout

WGCDD Legislative Briefing

The Council's current Legislative Briefing is available. Please feel free to share this platform with your neighbors, your communities and your legislators. Change can and does happen when we all work together!

WGCDD Legislative Update

During the legislative Session the council provides a legislative update. Please see below.  This document is updated daily throughout the Legislative Session. 




Bill Number/ Engrossed/

Sponsor

Title

Summary

Last Action

Digest

HB0017            Judiciary

Adult protective orders-time limit extension

AN ACT relating to adult protective services; extending the permissible period for emergency services; and providing for an effective date.


Assigned Chapter Number

Digest

HB0046

Corporations

Permanent absentee voter status.

AN ACT relating to elections; modifying provisions related to absentee ballot applications; authorizing an elector to apply for an absentee ballot electronically; authorizing an elector to apply for permanent absentee voter status and to receive an absentee ballot for all subsequent elections as specified; requiring distribution of absentee ballots to electors who qualify for permanent absentee voter status as specified; specifying termination of permanent absentee voter status; requiring rulemaking; and providing for an effective date.

H 3rd Reading:Failed 11-49-0-0-0


Digest

HB0081

McKim, Blake, Lindholm and Miller and Senator(s) Baldwin, Burns and Christensen

Hemp extract amendments

AN ACT relating to public health; providing for administration of hemp extract by a parent to an adult dependent; authorizing hemp extract for treatment of an adult as determined by a physician; and providing for an effective date.

H Did Not Consider in COW

Digest

HB0100

Hallinan

Tax refund program

AN ACT relating to tax refunds; providing for administration of the tax refund for elderly and disabled program as specified; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.



H:DO PASS FAILED in Accordance with House Rule 5-4: 0-7-0-0-0

Digest

HB103

Schwartz and Gierau

Housing Authority

AN ACT relating to municipalities and counties; amending powers which may be exercised by a housing authority; authorizing the appointment of additional commissioners to a regional housing authority as specified; authorizing staggered terms for regional housing authority commissioners; and providing for an effective date.


H 3rd Reading:Passed 58-0-2-0-0


S Received for Introduction


Digest

HB113

Joint Labor, Health & Social Services Interim Committee

Medicaid waiver program-military personnel.

AN ACT relating to the Medical Assistance and Services Act; requiring the department of health to seek the amendment of a Medicaid waiver program to create reserved capacity slots for the dependents of military service members as specified; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.

H Received for Concurrence

Digest

HB114

Brown, Byrd, Connolly, Gierau, Kirkbride, Lone, Sweeney and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Boner and Pappas

Service and assistance animals.

AN ACT relating to service and assistance animals; creating an offense for the misrepresentation of a service or assistance animal; prohibiting the killing or injuring of a service or assistance animal; specifying penalties; conforming provisions to federal law provisions on service and assistance animals; making conforming amendments; providing exemptions from liability as specified; and providing for an effective date.

H 3rd Reading:Passed 48-9-3-0-0

S Introduced and Referred to S05 - Agriculture

:Rerefer to S06 - Travel

Digest

HB140

Byrd

Minimum Wage

AN ACT relating to labor and employment; increasing minimum hourly wages; providing for a training wage; increasing minimum wage for tipped employees; requiring employers to pay underpaid tipped wages in a specified time; providing for treble damages, minimum recovery, court costs and attorney fees as specified; repealing an obsolete provision; and providing for an effective date.

H COW:Failed 20-40-0-0-0

Digest

HB153

Jennings, Baker, Biteman, Blake, Brown, Clem, Dayton, Edwards, Eklund, Lindholm, Loucks, McKim, Steinmetz and Winters and Senator(s) Baldwin, Barnard, Bebout, Case and Kinskey

Parental Rights

AN ACT relating to parents; providing for a parental right to direct the upbringing, education and care of a child; providing applicability; and providing for an effective date.


H 3rd Reading:Passed 50-7-3-0-0


S Introduced and referred to S01- Judiciary



Digest

HB156

Representative(s) Barlow and Senator(s) Peterson

Involuntary commitment-emergency detention amendments

AN ACT relating to involuntary commitment; amending provisions related to emergency detentions; and providing for an effective date.

S Placed on General File

Digest

HB157

Representative(s) Baker, Barlow, Byrd, Clem, Halverson, Lindholm, Loucks, Pelkey and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Case and Rothfuss

Marihuana possession of less than three ounces.

AN ACT relating to food and drugs; creating a civil penalty for specified amounts of marihuana and marihuana products; and providing for an effective date.

H:DO PASS FAILED in Accordance with House Rule 5-4: 3-6-0-0-0

Digest

HB184 Representative(s) Connolly, Furphy and Haley and Senator(s) Moniz

Involuntary commitment-appointment of gatekeepers.

AN ACT relating to involuntary commitment; amending provisions related to the designation of gatekeepers; and providing for an effective date.

H:Died in Committee Returned Bill Pursuant to HR 5-4

Digest

HB197 Representative(s) Olsen, Blackburn, Brown, Clem, Eyre, Furphy, Henderson, Jennings, Lone, Pownall, Salazar and Winters and Senator(s) Christensen, Driskill and Hicks

Marihuana and THC products policy reform act.

AN ACT relating to controlled substances; providing penalties for possession of marihuana in plant form and tetrahydrocannabinol products in specified amounts; creating an elevated misdemeanor offense for possession of such products as specified; making a conforming amendment; and providing for an effective date.


H 3rd Reading:Passed 52-6-2-0-0

S Introduced and Referred to S01 - Judiciary

Digest

HB211

Larsen

Developmental preschool payment calculations-amendments.

AN ACT relating to developmental preschool funding; amending provisions related to developmental preschool payment calculations; and providing for an effective date.

S Placed on General File

Digest

HB236

School finance-omnibus education funding.

AN ACT relating to school finance; an omnibus bill addressing education funding though revisions of the existing education funding formula, providing additional revenue and transferring existing revenues; establishing a joint select committee on education funding; requiring reports; providing appropriations; providing sunset dates; and providing for effective dates.

S Introduced and Referred to S04 - Education

Digest

SF0031

Joint Judiciary Interim Committee

Genetic information privacy

AN ACT relating to genetic information privacy; prohibiting the collection, retention and disclosure of genetic information without informed consent as specified; providing exceptions; providing for the retention and destruction of genetic information; providing criminal penalties; providing for a civil cause of action; and providing for an effective date.

S Concur:Passed 26-2-2-0-0

Digest

SF0067

Joint Labor, Health & Social Services Interim Committee

CHIP-program amendments

AN ACT relating to the child health insurance program; amending program benefits to include authorization for managed care as specified; and providing for an effective date.


S 3rd Reading:Passed 28-2-0-0-0

H Placed on General File


Digest

SF0073

Coe

High school graduation requirements

AN ACT relating to high school graduation requirements; modifying high school graduation requirements imposed by the state board of education; and providing for an effective date.

S COW:Failed 9-20-1-0-0

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Legislation to Watch

Issues of importance:
Waiting List 
Employment
Education
Independent Living
Health Care