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Legislators read hundreds of bills each year, but only about 12% end up becoming law.  Even fewer of those have an impact on the lives of people with disabilities, their family members, their communities, and their service providers. 

  • Keep track of bills that may impact the lives of individuals with disabilities in our Bill Tracker.   We update this list daily, sometimes several times a day. 

  • You can look at all the bills introduced to date here.

  • You can look at the bills assigned to each committee here (just select the committee of interest, then click on the "Bills in Committee" link at the bottom right side of the page).

Here is a list of bills of interest introduced in the last two weeks:

  • HF113 - Electronic Applications for Absentee Ballots - Allows registered voters to apply for an absentee ballot electronically, either by emailing the county commissioner or online through the county commissioner’s website. The electronic application is to include all the same information as the paper application, but instead of a signature, must include a driver license number, non-operator ID number, or the last four digits of the social security number. (Status: House State Government Committee)

  • HF91 – Mental Health Advocates - Changes how mental health advocates are appointed for people who are involuntarily hospitalized. Under the bill, mental health advocates would be county employees, and the county would both pay for and supervise the mental health advocate. Only one county currently is allowed this arrangement – Polk County. (Status: House Human Resources Committee)

  • HSB65 - Food Assistance Eligibility - Requires the Department of Human Services to revise is elibility categories for the food assistance program and replace them with “income eligiblity” which starts at 130% of the federal poverty level. Requires an asset test for eligibility that is consistent with the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements. (Status: House Human Resources Committee)

  • HSB82 – Medicaid HCBS Waivers – Requires DHS to develop a prioritization policy for openings when there is a waiting list for Medicaid home and community-based service waivers. Proposed by the Department on Human Services (Status: House Human Resources Committee)

  • SF106 – HCBS Elderly Waiver Reimbursement - Increases the reimbursement rate by 3% for providers of services under the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver for the elderly. Effectuve 7/1/15. (Status: Senate Human Resources Committee)

  • SF92 – Disability Caregiver/Income Tax Deduction - Says that individuals who work for a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and provide services to people with a physical or mental impairment will not have to pay individual income taxes. Effective January 1, 2016. (Status: Senate Ways & Means Committee)

  • SSB1094 – Physical Therapist Insurance Coverage - Requires insurance coverage for services provided by physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech pathologists. Applies to individual and group policies after July 1, 2015. (Status: Senate Human Resources Committee)

  • SSB1098 – MH Professional Loans - Creates a school loan forgiveness program for mental heath professionals who practice in underserved areas (five years of loan repayments allowed). (Status: Senate Education Committee)

  • SSB1113 – Court Interpreters - States that people who are limited English proficient (LEP), including those who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard-of-hearing, are entitled to an interpreter in certain legal proceedings and court-related programs. The cost of the interpreter cannot be charged to the LEP person. The bill describes the options of who will pay the cost of the interpreter in different circumstances. (Status: Senate Judiciary Committee )