This Week in Public Policy: October 28 - November 1, 2019

This Week in Public Policy provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level that is of interest to people with disabilities.

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In Ohio

On Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, the Senate Education Committee held SPONSOR Testimony on Senate Bill 200 (Dyslexia Education). The bill would require the Ohio Department of Education to develop guidelines and professional development courses regarding dyslexia screening and intervention and require all new public school teachers to complete a screening and professional development courses. In their testimony, Senators Peggy Lehner and Andrew Brenner said that 22 other states require professional development for dyslexia screening and intervention and it is estimated that at least 5-10% of the population has dyslexia.

On Tuesday, October 29th, 2019, the House Health Committee held ALL Testimony on House Bill 287 (Medicaid Waivers for Military Families). The bill would require the state to set aside a number of HCBS Waivers to accommodate military families who are transferred into Ohio for military service and who were receiving services on a waiver in another state. Pete Moore, Executive Director of the Ohio Provider Resource Association provided written testimony in support of the bill. The committee voted to approve the bill without any amendments or changes. The bill would now need a vote by the full House of Representatives in order to keep moving forward.

In Washington

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, a coalition of national organizations sent a letter in support of amendments to the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (S.995) to the Senate HELP Committee. The letter supports the amendment that would renew the program and provide $50 million in funding over 5 years. The Senate HELP Committee then reported the bill with the amendment on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

NEXT Week in Public Policy: November 4 - 8, 2019

In Ohio

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the House Health Committee will hold PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 188 (Blindness – Adoption and Custody). The bill would prohibit a person’s blindness from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, visitation, etc. The hearing will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington

The US Congress is scheduled to be on break next week.

Facts That May Only Interest Me

This generation has only every known that every 4 years is a Leap Year. However, the Gregorian Calendar provides that every 100 years, with the exception of years divisible by 400, there is not a February 29th. The next time we actually skip a Leap Year will be the year 2100.