Bills on to the Governor
When dedicated advocates like you work hard, change happens! Three bills about issues extremely important to the disability community passed both the Assembly and Senate. These bills will be sent to Governor Walker for his signature:
- Lifting the caps on enrollment to the Family Care, IRIS, PACE, and Partnership programs. The bills that passed included an amendment that gave the Joint Finance Committee more oversight about expanding the programs to counties that don’t yet have them. Only Representatives Vos, Kooyenga, Kapenga, Severson and Craig in the Assembly voted against lifting the caps. The bill numbers are AB 477 and SB 380.
- Replacing the “R”-word with “intellectual disabilities” so that we’ll have people first language in state statutes. The bill numbers are AB 471 and SB 377.
- Restricting the use of seclusion and restraint on students in schools. The bill numbers are AB 455 and SB 353.
Governor Scott Walker has to act to make these bills law. He can be contacted at 608-266-1212, by e-mail or by letter at the State Capitol, P.O. Box 7863, Madison 53707.
Thanks for your advocacy, you ROCK!