OPA: Legislative Update

Legislative Update

OPA Legislative Update #2 for Friday, January 13, 2017

Copies of bills can be accessed on the legislative website at www.CGA.CT.gov

In the 2016 legislative session, Public Act 16-66 was passed and it calls for the closure of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities on June 30, 2017. This Act also requires the Governor to designate a nonprofit entity to take over the “protection and advocacy” duties of the office. The Abuse Investigation Division, which investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with intellectual disability age 18-59 will state in state government. Legislation will need to be passed to implement the changes. As soon as such legislation is filed I will send out an alert so that everybody can see it.

This is the second OPA update for the 2017 legislative session. I have updated the OPA website pages dedicated to legislative information. The website is www.CT.gov/OPAPD Included is a Bill Tracking Report and a List of Bills by Topic.  

This report is available in WORD format or an accessible format on request. Please contact Beth Leslie at 860-297-4369, or toll-free voice/TTY 1-800-842-7303 or Beth.Leslie@ct.gov Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

The Governor is expected to propose the next 2 year budget on February 8. This is typically followed by two weeks of public hearings on the budget proposal.

Please see the OPA website for a complete listing of disability-related legislation. Here is a sample of issues being addressed:

Segregation of elderly and non-elderly persons with disabilities in housing.

Student data privacy.

Cost of special education and other “unfunded mandates”.

Protecting students with disabilities from discrimination.

Lyme Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia awareness.

Medical marijuana.

Interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing persons.

Lead abatement.

Accessible / reserved parking (“handicapped parking”)

Conservatorship code of conduct.

Probate Court authority to require involuntary medical evaluations.

Access to Epipens and food allergy awareness.

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