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These are the legislative bills that NLACRC is currently tracking in the FY 2019-20 legislative session. Click on the bill number to view a full description of the bill.

AB 236 (Garcia) -  Family Empowerment Centers on Disability: funding for continued operations
This bill would revise and recast provisions related to Family Empowerment Centers on Disability, requiring priority to the 32 regions in the state that do not have a center and increasing the base rate for each center awarded a grant from $150K to $237K and increase the base for the council from $150K to $237K.  Additional requirements for the centers will be mandated on how to define and report data.

The bill amends Section 56400 to offer both parents and families of children and young adults with disabilities access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support in their communities.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: In Senate Appropriations - held under submission as of 8/30/2019

AB 1004 (McCarty) - Developmental Screening Services
This bill would require that screening services provided as an Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services as part of the Medi-Cal program include developmental screening services for individuals zero to 3 years of age, and would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure that providers who contract with these plans render those services in conformity with specified standards. The bill would also make legislative findings and declarations relating to child development.

NLA Board Position: No position
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 387, Statutes of 2019 on 9/30/2019

AB 1351 (Lackey) - Paratransit eligibility criteria
Reforms the eligibility and interagency transfer process. This bill will (1) determine the eligibility of an applicant for those services within 7 days following the submission of a complete application, as specified, (2) provide service to an eligible person at any requested time on a particular day in response to a request for service made the previous day, and (3) allow a person who has been determined eligible by another transit operator to submit any proof of that eligibility electronically and, upon receipt of that information, to provide service to that person.

This bill came about following conversations with Assemblymember Tom Lackey and former board member Jessica Gould in discussing difficulties with transportation.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/16/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 627, Statutes of 2019 on 10/8/2019

SB 412 (Stone)Developmental Services Fees
Repeals the Family Cost Participation Program and Annual Family Program Fee. Existing law establishes the Family Cost Participation Program, which requires the department to develop a sliding scale for families with an annual gross income of not less than 400% of the federal poverty guideline, as specified, to be used by regional centers to assess the parents’ cost participation for providing respite, daycare, and camping services to their children under 18 years of age who have developmental disabilities and who are not eligible for Medi-Cal, among other eligibility criteria. Existing law also requires a regional center to assess an annual family program fee, as specified, from parents whose adjusted gross family income is at or above 400% of the federal poverty level and who have a child meeting prescribed requirements, including receiving specified services from a regional center.

This bill would repeal those provisions relating to regional center fees. The bill would make technical, conforming changes and other nonsubstantive changes.

NLA Board Position: Support
ARCA Position: ARCA Sponsored Bill
10/7/2019 Status: In Assembly Committee on Appropriations held under submission as of 8/30/2019

SJR 8 (Wilk) - Fully fund IDEA
This bill would petition the Congress and President to enact the IDEA Full Funding Act during the current congressional session to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act.   Notably, the federal government has never paid its promised 40% share of the IDEA mandate, and for years Congress has paid less than 8% of the excess cost of educating children with disabilities, the remaining costs of which have fallen on the states and local agencies.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State Res. Chapter 131, Statutes of 2019 on 8/23/2019

SR 28 (Wilk) - Praeder-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month
The Senate supports raising awareness and educating the public about Prader-Willi syndrome and applauds the efforts of advocates and organizations that encourage awareness, promote research, and provide education, support, and hope to those impacted by Prader-Willi syndrome; and be it further
NLA Board Position: No position           
10/7/2019 Status: Adopted on 5/14/2019

 

OTHER BILLS WE ARE TRACKING

Other bills that should be considered due to being authored by legislators in our catchment area or bill impacting a smaller number of NLACRC consumers.

AB 169 (Lackey) - Guide, signal and service dogs: injury or death
deletes the requirement that the guide, signal, or service dog be in discharge of their duties when injury or death occurs and includes dogs that are enrolled in training school - consider because it is authored by Lackey.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/16/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 604, Statutes of 2019 on 10/8/2019

AB 598 (Bloom) - Hearing aids: minors
In California, health insurance plans and policies are not required to cover hearing aids for children. As a result, most families on privately funded plans do not have coverage and are forced to either forego hearing aids for their child or pay the steep costs out- of-pocket.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support if amended
10/7/2019 Status: Withdrawn from engrossing and enrolling and may move forward as a 2-year bill

AB 1560 (Friedman) - Major Transit Stop: Bus Rapid Transit
This bill aims to bring more homes along Metro’s Orange Line by amending the definition of Major Transit Stop. This bill is sponsored by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and is co-authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel. VICA Sponsored bill

NLA: Decided not to take a position
10/16/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 631, Statutes of 2019 on 10/8/2019

SB 217 (Portantino) - Special education: individuals with exceptional needs: early education programs
This bill would require, for the 2019–20 school year and each school year thereafter, a school district or charter school to admit a child to a transitional kindergarten program who will have their 5th birthday after December 2 but during that same school year if the child is an individual with exceptional needs, subject to specified conditions.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Referred to Assembly Committee on Education - 2-year bill

SB 389 (Hertzberg) - Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) and criminal justice
Removes an existing prohibition on using MHSA funds for people in pre and post-sentencing diversions, or other types of non-carcerative programs.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 209, Statutes of 2019 on 8/30/2019

DEAD BILLS WE HAVE BEEN TRACKING

AB 261 (Mathis) - Restoration of suspended services - social recreation
This bill would repeal the suspension of the Regional Center’s authority to purchase camping services and associated travel expenses, or social recreation activities.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations – held under submissionas of 5/16/2019

AB 311 (Frazier) - Regional centers: billing: daily rates
This bill repeals provisions relating to half day billing for activity centers, adult development centers, behavior management programs, and other look-alike programs. 

This bill would appeal provisions relating to daily rate billing currently required of activity centers, adult development centers, behavior management programs, and other look-alike day programs with a daily rate to bill regional centers for services provided to consumers in terms of half and full days of service.

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019

AB 316 (Ramos) - Medi-Cal benefits: beneficiaries with special dental care needs
This bill requires the State Department of Healthcare Services which manages Medi-Cal to implement a special needs treatment and management benefit that provides Medi-Cal beneficiaries with special dental care needs 4 visits to a Medi-Cal dental program in a 12-month period. This bill would also require the Medi-Cal dental program provider to document specified information, including the need for additional time to treat the beneficiary with special dental care needs for purposes of reimbursement. 

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019

AB 416 (Fong) - ABLE tax deductions CalABLE contributions
This bill would allow for deduction in computing adjusted gross income in an amount equal to the amount contributed by a taxpayer during the taxable year to a CalABLE account, beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025.  This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. 

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/2019
 

AB 438 (Frazier) - Uniform Furlough Schedule
Repeals the statutory furlough days and allows providers to be compensated for providing services on 11 of those holidays.

This bill would appeal existing prohibition of regional center compensating designated programs and transportation vendor services for providing any service to a consumer on 11 specified holidays, including July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and the 4 business days between December 25 and January 1. 

NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support
Update 5/2019 – Funding included in the Governor’s Budget to suspend the furlough schedule for 2 years
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission in Assembly Appropriations as of 5/16/2019

AB 536 (Frazier) - Developmental services
This bill modifies the definition to mean a disability that originates before an individual attains 22 years of age, continues, or can be expected to continue, indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for the individual. This is the same bill as SB 283 (Wilk) from 2017/2018 and Wilk is co-authoring this bill. ARCA stated concerns including funding the development of new services by ending median rates and the prohibition on start-up funding.

NLA Board Position: Support if amended 5/8/2019
ARCA Position: Support if amended
10/7/2019 Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, held under submission as of 5/16/19

AB 850 (Lackey)Social worker loan repayment program
This bill would establish the California Social Worker Student Loan Repayment Program in the OSHPD to provide loan repayment awards to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work, as specified, have received student loans in order to meet the costs associated with obtaining that degree, are in the 3rd year of employment as a child welfare social worker and will continue to have repayment obligations on the student loans.

NLA Board Position: Support
10/7/2019 Status: In Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxes - 2-year bill as per author's office

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