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.
Priority bills that NLACRC has taken a position on
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
AB 236 (Garcia) - Family Empowerment Centers on Disability: funding for continued operations NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
AB 261 (Mathis) - Restoration of suspended services - social recreation NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
AB 311 (Frazier) - This bill repeals provisions relating to half day billing for activity centers, adult development centers, behavior management programs, and other look-alike programs. NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
AB 316 (Ramos) - Medi-Cal benefits: beneficiaries with special dental care needs NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
AB 416 (Fong) - ABLE tax deductions - would let contributions to ABLE accounts be deducted from your state adjusted gross income NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
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. Update 5/2019 – Funding included in the Governor’s May revise to suspend the furlough schedule for 2 years NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
AB 536 (Frazier) - 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 5/8/2019
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
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
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
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
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
SJR 8 (Wilk) - Fully fund IDEA NLA Board Position: Support 5/8/2019
Other bills that NLACRC is tracking
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 at the end of that year.
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.