The 2021 session of the General Assembly continues as lawmakers vote on hundreds of bills and consider amendments to the Virginia state budget, which was presented to the public by Governor Ralph Northam in December.
There is one bill in the legislature relating to housing discrimination for people with disabilities.
The legislature now has less than two weeks left in the session. However, they have already taken action on several bills before the legislature that will impact the rights of people with traumatic brain injury.
We are following the two budget bills to track their impact on people with disabilities. Of concern had been an item in the Senate budget bill relating to auxiliary grant awards.
With almost two weeks of the 2021 session still to go, the disability community can celebrate several significant accomplishments, especially in the area of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The 2021 General Assembly session is in a very odd posture today. Under their official calendar, on Friday, each house was supposed to have complete work on bills that began in that house.
Here are some of the bills that the General Assembly will work on, to improve the ability for Virginians with disabilities to have full access to the right to vote.
In July of 2017, lawmakers passed legislation to allow dLCV to receive serious incident reports from community providers licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) that provide services to individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
There are some important employment related bills that were passed by the House of Delegates and that must be acted on by the Senate.
This session, both the Senate and the House of Delegates have introduced a number of bills that may affect Virginia schoolchildren with special education needs, which we detail below.