1997 Legislative Bills


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House of Delegates Bills:

HB 82 -- Sales Tax Exemption (carried over from 1996)
Patron: Plum
To provide five-year extension of sales and use tax exemption for nonprofit organizations in the 8th Planning District where Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) is located.
Status: No action in this session.
Comment: VAD Board supported this bill.

HB 1095 -- Advisory Commission on Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Patron: Hanger, Jr.

To establish an 11-member advisory commission on Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind to monitor the operations of the schools and advise the Board of Education and submit recommendations to ensure the maintenance of a high quality and cost-effective program of study and safe residential environment at the schools. (Note: This bill is identical to SB 1125.)
Status:
HB 1095 passed House with amendments (100-Yes, 0-No), Feb. 12, 1997. Senate concurred with House amendment (37-Yes, 2-No), Feb. 14, 1997.
Comment:
VAD Board wanted a deaf consumer and a blind consumer on the commission.

HB 2040 - Fees for Appointees at Adult Involuntary Commitment Proceedings
Patron: Cantor

To increase fees for court-appointed professionals who participate in adult involuntary commitment proceedings.
(Note: This bill is identical to SB 1010.)
Status: Passed by indefinitely (died) in Appropriations Committee (20-Yes, 0-No), Jan. 24, 1997.
Comment: VAD Board supported this bill.

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Senate Bills:

SB 323 -- Jury Service (carried over from 1996)
Patron: Houck
To allow persons with physical disabilities to serve on a jury.
Status: No action by Courts of Justice in this session, Dec. 20, 1996.
Comment: VAD Board supported this bill.

SB 1010 -- Fees for Professionals at Adult Involuntary Commitment Proceedings
Patron: Marsh III

To increase fees for court-appointed professionals who participate in adult involuntary commitment proceedings.
(Note: This bill is identical to HB 2040.)
Status: Passed by indefinitely (died) in Appropriations Committee (20-Yes, 0-No), Jan. 17, 1997.
Comment: VAD Board supported this bill.

SB 1125 -- Advisory Commission on Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Patron: Maxwell

To establish an 11-member advisory commission on Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind to monitor the operations of the schools and advise the Board of Education and submit recommendations to ensure the maintenance of a high quality and cost-effective program of study and safe residential environment at the schools. (Note: This bill is identical to HB 1095.)
Status:
SB 1125 passed House with amendments (99-Yes, 0-No), Feb. 12, 1997.
Comment:
VAD Board wanted a deaf consumer and a blind consumer on the Commission.

SB 1160 -- Assistive Technology Device Warranties Act (Lemon Law)
Patron: Jane H. Woods

To create a "Lemon Law" for assistive technology devices such as TTYs, Braille printers, etc., to protect consumers from defects within a reasonable period.
Status: Read second time in House.
Comment: VAD Board supports this bill.

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Budget Amendments:

Requires Dept. of Information Technology to locate Virginia Relay Center (VRC) in Norton, VA, for the next five years.
Status: Approved by General Assembly.
Comment: VAD Board opposed this amendment; several VAD members sent emails of opposition to Governor Allen.

  1. Provides $85,000 per year for five years for the statewide director of education for the deaf and hard of hearing.
    Status: Reduced to $50,000 and approved by General Assembly.
    Comment: VAD Board originally opposed both amendments because the bill placed the director at one specific location.
  2. Provides $40,000 to Oxbow Deaf Resource Center in St. Paul, VA, by VDDHH:
    Status: Approved by General Assembly.
    Comment: VAD Board supported this amendment.

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For your information:

The General Assembly approved additional $250,000 per year for the Disability Commission's Rehabilitative Incentive Fund for the associated grant program accessed by local disability services boards to serve people who have physical and sensory disabilities.

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