January 11, 2017 – Legislative Highlights

2017 Virginia General Assembly
Legislative Highlights
January 11, 2017

The 2017 legislative session in Virginia opened today.  Committees and subcommittees of the House and the Senate will begin deliberation of proposed legislation almost immediately.    Committees post their meeting agendas, generally about 24 hours before their meeting.  So, if you are watching any legislation, it is important to check for meeting agendas frequently, and even to check back again, because sometimes the agenda gets amended at the last minute.  Check out the committee agendas by clicking through at this link: Committee Agendas

The disAbility law Center of Virginia will be monitoring developments in the legislature that may be of interest to people with disabilities.  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 should be following.  Contact us at info@dlcv.org or by calling 1-800-552-3962 or 804-225-2042.

The mission of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and eliminate abuse, neglect and discrimination of people with disabilities through zealous and uncompromising legal advocacy and representation.

Two bills concerning the future of the training centers have been filed.  HB 1583 (Campbell) seeks to delay the closure of Southwest Virginia Training Center until June, 2019.  HB 1972 (O’Quinn and Kilgore) requires the Department to keep both Southeastern Virginia Training Center and Southwestern Virginia Training Center open.