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NEXT Week in Public Policy: November 27 – December 1, 2017

In Ohio:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the House Health Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 332 (Anatomical Gifts – PWD). The bill would prohibit a person’s disability from being used to deny their ability to receive an anatomical gift/transplant. This will be the fourth hearing for HB 332 and the committee agenda indicates that a vote on the bill is possible. The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. in Statehouse Room 121.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee will hold PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 115 (Communication Disability – Driver Registry). The bill would create a registry that individuals with communication disabilities could voluntarily place their name on to alert police officers of said disability when engaged in a traffic or other law enforcement encounters. The hearing will take place at 9:45 a.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the House Community and Family Advancement Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 309 (Blindness – Guardianship and Adoption). The bill would prohibit a person’s blindness from being used to deny or limit custody, guardianship, adoption and other issues regarding a minor. The hearing will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Statehouse Room 114. UPDATE: Note the House Community and Family Advancement Committee has cancelled the hearing scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 29, 2017). The committee had included on its agenda a hearing on House Bill 309 (Blindness – Guardianship).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the House State and Local Government Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 300 (No Expiration on State ID for PWD). The bill would require all new ID cards that are not drivers licenses that are issued to individuals who are permanently disabled to be issued without an expiration date. This is the fourth hearing on the bill and the committee agenda indicates that a vote on the bill is possible. The hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Statehouse Room 017.

In Washington:

Congress will be in session next week. No hearings on specific legislation pertaining to disabilities, however, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be holding a hearing on the nomination of Alex Azar to be the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen Room 430. The hearing will be live streamed.

It is also believed that the US Senate will hold a vote on some version of Tax Reform sometime next week. A large group of national disability and health organizations are advocating in opposition to the tax reforms, citing concerns that a resulting deficit created by the reforms/cuts would fall on programs such as Medicaid/Medicare, SSI and other health and human service programs.