Each year Disability Rights California legal and legislative staff identify possible legislative fixes for issues affecting people with disabilities. Several legislative proposals are written, and based on priority, political climate and the approval of our Board of Directors, among other factors, we decide which if any bills it will sponsor. Then legislative staff work on finding the right legislator to become the author of each bill, and persuading that legislator to take on the bill.
DRC is sponsoring the following five bills.
AB 2430, a DRC sponsored bill in 2018, fixes an inequity in the eligibility calculation for the Medi-Cal Aged and Disabled Program (A & D). For those people required to pay a “share-of-cost” before Medi-Cal coverage starts paying in any given month the amount can be as much as $600, while someone who makes more money may not have to pay any share-of-cost at all. This bill eliminates the disparity.
AB 2657 a DRC sponsored bill in 2018, permits an educational provider to use behavioral restraints or seclusion only if a pupil’s behavior presents an imminent danger of serious harm to the pupil or others and prohibits their use entirely for the purpose of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation. Likewise, it requires an educational provider to schedule a debriefing of the pupil’s parent or guardian within two days of any use of restraint or seclusion.
AB 3006, sponsored by DRC in 2018, requires each county to designate a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator to oversee and facilitate accommodations necessary to ensure effective communications between county staff, entities, and all Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and families receiving county provided child welfare services.
SB 354 is a bill sponsored by DRC and introduced in 2017. It requires a school district to give a parent a copy of the individualized education plan (IEP), and any revisions discussed at an IEP team meeting in the native language of the parent. It must do so within 30 days of the meeting, if requested, or within 30 days of a later request. It requires translation of the documents by a qualified translator in the parent's native language during the planning process for the IEP.
SB 1396, sponsored by DRC in 2018, creates of the Office of Accessible Technology within the Department of Technology, under the direction of a Chief, who is responsible for ensuring that every state agency and entity complies with the website accessibility requirements in state and federal law.