Virginia VDDHH Legislative Tracking for 2013 General Assembly

January 16, 2013 in Disability Law, NVRC Announcements

VDDHH Legislative Tracking – 2013 General Assembly
From the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Each tracking report will include the basic information on the bill as it appears on the Legislative Information System (LIS) plus a section on VDDHH Comments, if any, to explain our interest in the bill.  For each bill, we have provided a link to the actual LIS page for that bill so that you can see the actual bill language and track the bill yourself.  After the initial report on any bill included here, the information provided will be limited to the bill number (linked to the LIS) and a brief update statement.

Bills included in the VDDHH tracking report will be separated into groups of bills as follows:

1.      VDDHH – Lead Agency:  These are bills which directly impact VDDHH and for which VDDHH is the primary contact agency for the administration.  There should only be a few bills in this category.

2.      VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting: These are bills that VDDHH will actively track and will provide specific comments on to ensure that issues in the bill which relate to this agency and the consumers we serve are identified.  “Actively Tracking” means that VDDHH will consistently check on the status of these bills. The agency may, if necessary and appropriate, testify at committee meetings on these bills or provide input to either the patron of the bill or to the LEAD agency responsible for the bill. VDDHH is NOT the lead agency on these bills and our level of involvement may be limited.

3.      VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest: These are bills that may be of general interest to consumers, family members or professionals who receive our tracking reports.   VDDHH is not actively tracking these bills and will not be providing comment or attending committee meetings on these bills.

If a bill is “killed” during the session, it will be removed from the tracking list.  VDDHH may also remove bills from the list if changes are made to the bill which eliminate the specific issues of interest to this agency or the consumers we serve.


VDDHH – Lead Agency

VDDHH is not lead agency on any bills as of 1/14/13.

VDDHH – Actively Tracking/Commenting:

HB 1344 Deaf and hard-of-hearing children; special education. (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+sum+HB1344 )

Introduced by: Richard P. Bell | all patrons    …    notes |

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Special education; children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Requires local school divisions to ensure that Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams consider the specific communication needs of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and address those needs as appropriate in the child’s IEP.

FULL TEXT

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: This bill is often referred to as the Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights. The Virginia Association of the Deaf has taken an active role in pursuing this legislation. The Department of Education will be the Lead Agency on this bill.  VDDHH will provide general comments as appropriate.IN SUBCOMMITTEE ON 1/17/13 at 7:30 a.m. in the 5th Floor East Conference Room of the General Assembly Building.  The committee has requested sign language interpreters.

SB 1097 Deaf and hearing-impaired children; special education.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+sum+SB1097

 

Introduced by: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. | all patrons    …    notes |

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Deaf and hearing-impaired children; special education. Requires local school divisions to ensure that individualized education program (IEP) teams consider the specific communication needs of hearing-impaired children and address those needs as appropriate in the child’s IEP.

FULL TEXT

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: This bill is often referred to as the Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights. The Virginia Association of the Deaf has taken an active role in pursuing this legislation. The Department of Education will be the Lead Agency on this bill.  VDDHH will provide general comments as appropriate.NVRC Note: VDDHH – Not Actively Tracking/General Interest

HB 2077 Motor carrier and commercial drivers; amends several licensing laws.

Introduced by: John A. Cox | all patrons    …    notes add to my profiles

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+sum+HB2077

 

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Motor carrier and commercial driver’s licensing. Amends several motor carrier and commercial driver’s licensing laws. The bill clarifies and strengthens fitness and operating authority requirements for intrastate motor carriers. It also enables Virginia to comply with new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation amendments regarding commercial motor vehicles and a prohibition on texting in commercial motor vehicles, and it codifies federal commercial driver’s license requirements.

 

FULL TEXT

 

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: VDDHH is aware of concerns in the Deaf Community about the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Requirements and will provide basic comment on those concerns to the Administration.  Since CDL requirements in Virginia are linked to Federal Law, and are outside the authority of VDDHH, we will not be actively tracking this legislation

SB 1219 Motor carrier and commercial drivers; amends several licensing laws.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+sum+SB1219

Introduced by: Stephen D. Newman | all patrons    …    notes add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Motor carrier and commercial driver’s licensing. Amends several motor carrier and commercial driver’s licensing laws. The bill clarifies and strengthens fitness and operating authority requirements for intrastate motor carriers. It also enables Virginia to comply with new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation amendments regarding commercial motor vehicles and a prohibition on texting in commercial motor vehicles, and it codifies federal commercial driver’s license requirements.

FULL TEXT

HISTORY

VDDHH Comments: Same as in HB 2077 above.

Distributed 2011 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.