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. 



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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.

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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.

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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

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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. 


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Legislation to Watch 2018

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