Category: Legislative Highlights

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February 12, 2015 – “Observation Status”

The Legislature considered two identical bills concerning a hospital’s  duty to notify a patient when they are on “observation” status only and have not been formally admitted to a hospital.  Advocates for the elderly and for people with disabilities noted that some hospitals have a practice of placing patients on  “observation” status, rather than officially...

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February 10, 2015 – Budget Amendments

The two “money” committees released their proposed amendments to the Governor’s budget on Sunday, February 8th.  We expect to see the details of those proposals over the next few days, as legislative services releases what are known as the “half sheets.”  Both the Senate and the House must debate and vote on the proposed amendments...

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February 9, 2015 – Children’s Issues

During the General Assembly session, the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is available to assist policy makers as they consider issues that affect persons with disabilities.  The mission of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is, through zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation, to protect and advance the legal, human and civil rights of...

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February 6, 2015 – Auxiliary Grants

During the General Assembly session, the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is available to assist policy makers as they consider issues that affect persons with disabilities.  The mission of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is, through zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation, to protect and advance the legal, human and civil rights of...

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February 5, 2015 – Seclusion and Restraint in public schools

Legislation requiring the state Department of Education to develop regulations concerning the use of restraints in public schools is moving quickly through both houses of the Virginia General Assembly.  The bills require the regulations to include definitions, criteria for use, restrictions for use, training requirements, notification requirements, reporting requirements, and follow-up requirements when seclusion or...

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February 4, 2015 – Training Center Bills

The mission of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is, through zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation, to protect and advance the legal, human and civil rights of people with disabilities, to combat and prevent abuse, neglect and discrimination, and to promote independence, choice and self-determination by persons with disabilities. We continue to monitor...

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January 28, 2015 – Seclusion and Restraint

We are monitoring legislation that requires the state Department of Education to develop regulations concerning the use of restraints in public schools. Both bills are promoted by the Commission on Youth. The bills require the regulations to include definitions, criteria for use, restrictions for use, training requirements, notification requirements, reporting requirements, and follow-up requirements when...

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January 20, 2015 – Children’s Issues

The disAbility law Center of Virginia is monitoring issues of interest to the disability community in the Virginia legislature during the session that began last week.   We are available to educate policy makers about the potential impact of legislative proposals.  Please let us know of any legislative proposals or budget issues that you think we...