In the News: August 27, 2018. 

Disability Integration Act

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) (H.R. 2472/S.910) is a significant civil rights bill that aims to prevent institutionalization by requiring governments and insurers to cover home- and community-based support services. The bill has bipartisan support and was introduced in the Senate by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and in the House by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI-5). Its passage would be an enormous step forward for people with disabilities. A robust set of resources and tailored messages of support can be found at http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/.


August 31, 2018

AUCD's Senior Advocacy Specialist Liz Weintraub, a graduate of the Georgia LEND and longtime leader in the IDD community, will be testifying next week at Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings at the invitation of Ranking Member Feinstein.  Liz will talk about the importance of self determination and express her concerns about a 2007 ruling in the Doe v. DC case where Judge Kavanaugh wrote an opinion telling the District that they did not need to consult with residents with intellectual disabilities when they were making decisions about elective surgery for them because the residents were "by definition incompetent."  Liz will have an opportunity to explain how and why it is important for adults with intellectual disabilities to have a say in what happens to their bodies.  She will be making history next week!  










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 throughout the year. 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. Please contact our offices for more information: 307-777-7230. 

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 2018

The Council's 2018 Legislative Briefing is a way we inform policymakers on activities and issues affecting the developmental disability community at the national, state and local levels during the legislative session each year. 

WGCDD Legislative Update 2018

During the legislative Session the council provides a state legislative update on issues that may have an impact on the disability community. Please see the bills below.  This document is updated daily throughout the Legislative Session. The 2018 legislative session starts February 12, 2018. 



Bill Number/ Engrossed/

Sponsor

Title

Summary

Last Action

Digest

HB0007

Judiciary

Donation of Antelope hunting licenses

AN ACT relating to game and fish; authorizing the donation of an antelope hunting license to a qualifying youth hunter; making conforming amendments; reformatting similar provisions to promote consistency; and providing for an effective date.

  H Postponed Indefinitely

Digest

HB0016

Judiciary

Possession of Marihuana Products

AN ACT relating to controlled substances; providing penalties for possession of marihuana and marihuana products in specified amounts; creating offenses for possession of marihuana products as specified; amending a provision related to the determination of weight of controlled substances; and providing for an effective date.

 H Failed Introduction 10-49-1-0-0


Digest

HB0015

Judiciary

De Facto Custodian Act

AN ACT relating to children; providing standing for de facto custodians in custody, adoption and guardianship proceedings; specifying requirements and standards for awarding custody to a de facto custodian; specifying procedures; providing for de facto custody orders and termination of de facto custody; providing legislative purpose; and providing for an effective date

H No report prior to CoW Cutoff

Digest

HB0041

Representative(s) Miller and Piiparinen and Senator(s) Baldwin

Hemp Extract Amendments

AN ACT relating to public health; clarifying that a minor can include a person that has reached the age of majority if the person is dependent on a parent or legal guardian for medical care; making conforming changes; and providing for an effective date. 


Governor Signed HEA No. 0045

Digest

HB0062

Representative(s) Blake, Byrd, Gierau, Lindholm and Pelkey and Senator(s) Baldwin and Burns

Hemp Extract Amendments

AN ACT relating to public health and safety; providing for administration of hemp extract by a parent to an adult dependent; modifying physician authorization required to administer hemp extract; and providing for an effective date.


H Did Not Consider for Introduction Vote

Digest
  HB0064 
Representative(s) Blake, Gierau, Lindholm and Pelkey and Senator(s) Case and Hastert 
Use of Hemp ExtractsAN ACT relating to public health and safety; authorizing adults to possess and use hemp extract; eliminating registration requirements; authorizing a parent or guardian to administer hemp extract to a minor; and providing for an effective date.S:Died in Committee Returned Bill Pursuant to SR 5-4

Digest

HB0076  

Joint Appropriations Committee          

Supplemental security income program

AN ACT relating to the state supplemental security income program; transferring the program from the department of family services to the department of health; requiring rulemaking; providing for the transfer of funds as specified; and providing for effective dates. 

 S President Signed HEA No. 0004



Digest

HB0081

Representative(s) Larsen and Wilson and Senator(s) Driskill


AN ACT relating to the child health insurance program; authorizing the program to be provided by the state or by a private insurance company; amending charge and collection limits; discontinuing the CHIP health benefits plan committee; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

 H No report prior to CoW Cutoff

Digest

HB0119    

Representative(s) Olsen, Clem, Greear, Harshman, Hunt, Laursen, Lindholm, Miller, Salazar and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Bebout, Case, Driskill and Rothfuss

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 a criminal penalty; providing for a civil cause of action; and providing for an effective date. 

 S President Signed HEA No. 0060Digest
HB0148
Representative(s) Laursen, Burkhart, Clem, Hallinan and Lindholm and Senator(s) Driskill, Hicks and Peterson 
Medicaid and SNAP-eligibility requirements.AN ACT relating to welfare; requiring Medicaid recipients to comply with specified work or volunteer requirements as a condition of continuing eligibility; providing exceptions; requiring the department of health to apply for a federal waiver relating to these requirements; prohibiting specified actions relating to the supplemental nutrition assistance program; specifying federal waiver requirements relating to child care and Medicaid; requiring rulemaking; and providing for an effective date. 


H Failed Introduction 34-24-2-0-0

Digest

SF0023

Joint Judiciary Interim Committee

Possession of nonplant form marihuanaAN ACT relating to controlled substances; providing  penalties for possession of marihuana and tetrahydrocannabinols in nonplant form; and providing for an effective date.  H Did Not Consider in CoW

Digest

SF0095

nator(s) Scott and Nethercott and Representative(s) Barlow and Obermueller

Medicaid discriminationAN ACT relating to the provision of health care; requiring a study of discrimination by the federal Medicare program against Wyoming residents and Wyoming health care providers; requiring a study of Medicare reimbursement rates and related health and health care impacts; requiring a study of the economic impacts of Medicare reimbursement rates; assigning duties to the governor, the state health officer, the department of health, the board of medicine, the Wyoming business council and the Wyoming attorney general; enabling the governor to create a steering committee to coordinate study activities; requiring hospitals owned by political subdivisions to include modification provisions in contracts that transfer patients to other states as specified; providing a sunset date; providing an appropriation; and providing for an effective date.H Did Not Consider in CoW

Digest

SF0097

Senator(s) Hicks, Driskill, Peterson and Scott and Representative(s) Burkhart, Clem, Gray, Laursen and Lindholm 

Medicaid and SNAP-eligibility requirements-2AN ACT relating to welfare; requiring Medicaid recipients to comply with specified work or volunteer requirements as a condition of continuing eligibility; providing exceptions; requiring the department of health to apply for a federal waiver relating to these requirements; prohibiting specified actions relating to the supplemental nutrition assistance program; specifying federal waiver requirements relating to child care and Medicaid; requiring rulemaking; and providing for an effective date.H postponed indefinitely

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Legislation to Watch 2018

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