Category: Legislative Highlights

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March 11, 2016 – Legislative Highlights

2016 Virginia General Assembly March 11, 2016 The end of the 2016 General Assembly session is almost in sight. “Sine die” is Saturday, March 12th. By the close of the session, the House of Delegates and the Senate will jointly agree to a set of amendments to the Governor’s proposed budget. That package of amendments...

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January 21, 2016 – Legislative Update

2016 Virginia General Assembly January 21, 2016 We expect that the General Assembly will be closed on Friday January 22nd due to the severe weather predicted for the state.  The Senate Committee on Rehab and Social Services has rescheduled its meeting to tonight at 6:00pm; all other meetings for tomorrow are cancelled. At the request...

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January 20, 2016 – Legislative Update

2016 Virginia General Assembly January 20, 2016 The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly is only one week old at this point.  Members continue to file new bills, and we are working to stay on top of as many of the bills as we can.  We are watching an increasing list of bills that...

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March 16, 2015 – FAPT

The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly ended on February 27, 2015.  The Governor is now reviewing legislation that was approved by both Houses.  For most of the legislation that we are monitoring, he has a deadline of March 29, 2015 to either sign, veto, or make suggested changes.  If he does not act...

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February 27, 2015 – Observation Status

The Virginia General Assembly is on track to end the 2015 session by Saturday, February 28th.  They have adopted mutual amendments to the Governor’s budget, and have completed work on most of the bills that will be approved by the legislature. Once such bill dealt with a hospital’s duty to notify a patient when they...

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February 24, 2015 – Medical marijuana in Virginia

The 2015 session is scheduled to end on Saturday, February 28 at noon.  Legislators seems to be well on track for a timely close of the session. An interesting bill has been approved by both houses, allowing for the use of marijuana for limited medical reasons.  HB 1445 was patroned by Delegate Albo.  It states...

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February 20, 2015 – Children’s Issues

The end of the 2015 session is still a week away, but most bills of interest to the disability community have already been addressed.  There were several bills that related to children with mental health issues and other disabilities.  These include: Mental Health Treatment of Objecting Minors HB 1717 (LeMunyon) was approved by the full...

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February 19, 2015 – Stun Guns in School

A Senate committee killed a bill today that would have allowed school security officers to have stun guns, batons or pepper spray. HB 1309 (Cole) had been approved by subcommittee earlier this week.  Advocates raised concerns that the approved weapons would be used against children and especially against children with disabilities.  The patron stated, in...

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February 18, 2015 – Training Center Bills

The last of the bills that would impede the closure of the training centers was killed in subcommittee yesterday.  SB 1446 (Miller) was defeated in a subcommittee of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions committee on Tuesday, February 17th.    As originally drafted, the bill would have prohibited the development of a new discharge plan for...