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Legislative Recaps

This is a list of recaps of current and past legislative sessions. 


April Legislative Update
April 30, 2019 - The legislature reached its third deadline on April 12th. All of MNCDHH's bills and the bills led by others that MNCDHH is supporting have progressed on to the next level, except for one; the hearing aid insurance bill.

Minnesota Digital Accessibility Law Celebration
April 25, 2019 - Celebrating Ten Years of Disability Inclusion in One Minnesota!

Spring is Here! March in Photos
April 1, 2019 - Photos from legislative hearings, meetings with legislators, and Lobby Tuesday/Thursday in March.

Answering Questions about Interpreter Licensure Bill in Minnesota
March 4, 2019 - In this letter, MNCDHH explains how we make decisions on which bills to support, oppose, or neutral. An ASL version of the letter is included.

February Wrap Up! More Photos of Community Advocates
March 1, 2019 - Photos from Lobby Tuesday/Thursday, training interpreters and volunteers, and testifying in support of HF 486, the bill for fully-insured health plans to cover hearing aids for adults.

Many Community Advocates at the Capitol this Week (English)
February 15, 2019 - Reminders, announcements, and this week's photos

2019 Legislative Agenda (ASL/English)
February 13, 2019 - Together we advocate for communication equity.


2018 Legislative Wrap Up (ASL/English)
August 29, 2018 - Changes to the language in MNCDHH's statute, supporting the bills led by others, and additional news.

April Legislative and Policy Update (ASL/English)
April 24, 2018 - This update includes information on the language to update MNCDHH's statute, Thompson Hall presentations, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD), rulemaking for tiered licensure, elder abuse, school safety, accessibility for public buildings, and the Fairview Chemical Dependency Program.

2018 Legislative Agenda (ASL/English)
March 9, 2018 - The primary focus is to update MNCDHH's statute so that we can increase our efficiency and effectiveness.


Explanation about Minnesota's New Acoustics and Looping Law (English)
December 4, 2017 - Good acoustic design benefits almost everyone. 

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 is Now Law (English)
August 30, 2017 - FDA has 3 years to decide safety regulations and collect public comments before allowing them on the market.

Funding for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Correction (ASL/English)
July 10, 2017 - The 2017 Legislature awarded $3.5 million/year to Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) for the next 2 years. Category 1 services will remain open to new people who qualify, Categories 2-4 will keep a waiting list.

Support the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 (ASL/English)
June 29, 2017 - Shared by Christine Morgan, HLAA-TC

Corrections: DHHSD Law for DeafBlind Services (ASL/English)
June 26, 2017 - The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) were contacted by community members with several questions about the changes to DeafBlind services in the new DHHSD law. MNCDHH apologizes for not getting the information correct in our previous video.

New DHHSD Law Explained (ASL/English)
June 15, 2017 - This video summarizes the community's vision shared during the 2015-2016 studies and how the new law helps make it happen.

2017 Legislative Wrap Up (ASL/English)
June 5, 2017 - This is the complete summary of our 2017 legislative session, with an explanation about the result of each bill we pursued or supported. We outline next steps for the new law that allows for training for staff at assistive living facilities. We also thank those who responded to the action alert that we sent out for VR funding - your efforts worked!

Legislative Update - Not Yet at the Finish Line (ASL/English)
May 30, 2017 - This is what we can share that is included in the bills as stands but the bills still could change. We should also know later today if the Governor decides to sign the bills or veto them.

May 15, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
May 15, 2017 - In this update, we cover the negotiations between legislative leaders and the Governor about the budget bills. We also share information about the results of the three action alerts we sent out. There is good news about HF 952, the bill to ensure that staff of assisted living facilities and home care receive training about age-related hearing loss.

May 8, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English) 
May 8, 2017 - In this update, we will share new information about the Budget bills, the Capital Investment bill, and the bill for training staff who work with seniors about age-related hearing loss. 

Action Alert for the State Accommodation Fund (ASL/English)
May 1, 2017 - The State Accommodation Fund is an important program that shows that the State of Minnesota is committed to hiring people with disabilities. UPDATE: The Senate has decided to continue putting $200,000 in the fund per year BUT the bill will have agencies cover half the cost of accommodations. 

Action Alert for Funding for the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (ASL/English)
May 1, 2017 - The Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and for the Blind need additional funding to increase staff, improve student safety, and to maintain the buildings and campus.

May 1, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
May 1, 2017 - The Commission is following four of the budget conference committees as they impact the bills that we are pursuing this legislative session. Learn more about the committees and bills. MNCDHH is also sending out two action alerts this week - act fast! 

April 24, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 24, 2017 - Short update, with a Lobby Day pictures slideshow

April 10, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 10, 2017 - Legislators on break, Lobby Day recap

April 3, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 3, 2017 - Updates about the Commission funding bill, DHHSD modernization of services and funding bill, training for staff who care for seniors bill, good acoustics and hearing loops bill, reorganization of state education agencies & teacher licensing, superior SLPI rating for teachers and more.

Brief Legislative Update on the Budget Bills (ASL/English)
March 29, 2017 - This is a brief update on the bills connected to the state's budget, with both good and bad news. More details will be provided next week when we resume our work with our videography vendor.

Update on HF 774 (DHHSD Bill) (ASL/English)
March 16, 2017 - Can we change the language of the bill?

Action needed by tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28th at 1:00 p.m. (English)
February 27, 2017 - SF948 will be heard in the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow at 1:00. We need your support.

February 27, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
February 27, 2017 - Additions to legislative agenda, accessibility bill update & more bill introductions.

February 22, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
February 22, 2017 - Hearings on Good Acoustics and Loops, More Bills Introduced, Hearings next week and on Lobby Day.

February 13, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
February 13, 2017 - DHHSD bill, Training bill, Commission bill, and MSAD bills introduced. Information about upcoming hearings and Lobby Day. Register for Lobby Day by February 28th! Nominate community members for landmark achievements! Awards to be given on Lobby Day. 

February 6, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
February 6, 2017 - A summary of the successful bill hearing on Good Acoustics and Hearing Loops, the introduction of the DHHSD bill to the House, and an explanation regarding how the funding will be used for MSAD and DHHSD. Sign up to attend Lobby Day AND nominate community members who should be recognized at the rally!

January 30, 2017: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
January 30, 2017 - Information about new agenda items for education and communication access. The Governor released his budget proposal. We also cover what has happened so far in the Legislature.

2017 Legislative Agenda (ASL/English)
January 17, 2017 - This is the legislative agenda approved by the Commission board. A finalized agenda will be announced after the next board meeting that will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017.


Explanation about Minnesota's New Closed Captioning Law (ASL/English)
August 1, 2017 - Minnesota's new closed captioning law takes effect starting August 1, 2016. More information is available about what the law means and who it affects.

MNCDHH's 2016: Legislative Session Wrap Up (ASL/English)
May 25, 2016 - The last legislative update of the 2016 session, with information on which bills successfully passed this year and which bills we will continue to pursue.

May 16, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
May 16, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update with information on the Closed Captioning Bill, which passes the Senate, Educational Initiatives in Conference Committee and Acoustics and Looping in the Senate Bonding Bill. 

May 9, 2016: Legislative Update and CC Action Alert (ASL/English)
May 9, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on Acoustics and Looping in Senate Bonding Bill; Education Initiatives in Conference Committee; and the Closed Captioning Bill is expected on the Senate and House Floor. We have also issued an Action Alert on the Closed Captioning Bill. Update! Please contact legislators before Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

May 2, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
May 2, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the Closed Captioning Bill, Funding for Education Initiatives, and the Acoustics & Looping Bill.

April 25, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 25, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the combined "Omnibus" Funding Bills, the funding for Pre-K at the Metro Deaf School, a new bill to get funding for Adult Basic Education (ABE) at Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) and follow-ups to the Looping and Acoustics Bill as well as the Closed Captioning Bill. 

April 18, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 18, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with good news on funding for Pre-K at the Metro Deaf School. We are also asking people to thank their legislators as the bill continues to go through the steps to become a law. 

Action Alert! Support MDS Pre-K Bill (ASL/English)
Action Alert to contact your representative to support Pre-K at the Metro Deaf School (HF 2411 / SF 2306).

April 11, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 11, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the Metro Deaf School bill hearings last week, the Closed Captioning bill hearing last week and the Acoustics & Looping bill. 

April 4, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)
April 4, 2016 - MNCDHH legislative update, with information on last week's Division of Healthy Aging Bill Hearing, an update on the Criminal Justice Bill, this week's 3 hearings and information on the stalled Insurance Coverage Bill. 

March 28, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English) 
March 28, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the Closed Captioning Bill Hearing last week, the stalled Criminal Justice Bill and scheduled hearings for this week.

March 21, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English) 
March 21, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the Closed Captioning Bill Hearing, remaining bills introduced, and the hearing on/clarification about Education Reports Bill.

March 14, 2016: Legislative Update (ASL/English)  
March 14, 2016 - MNCDHH's legislative update, with information on the introduction of bills, upcoming hearings and introducing a new bill - insurance coverage for aural rehab counseling.

MNCDHH's 2016: Legislative Agenda Announcement (ASL/English)  
March 8, 2016 - The Minnesota Legislature began on March 8, 2016. MNCDHH has an ambitious legislative agenda. Our agenda is available in both ASL and English.


2015 End of Summer Update (ASL/English) 
August 21, 2015 - Updates on Communication Support Funding for Workers and Youth, Pre-K at the Metro Deaf School, Age-Related Hearing Loss, Improving Student's Education through the Collaborative Plan

2015 Special Session Update and Legislative Session Wrap Up (ASL/English)  
June 01, 2015 - Updates on communication access supports, state academies funding, Pre-K at Metro Deaf School, hearing loops and acoustical standards, central accommodation fund, DHHS funding, text-to-911, closed captioning.


2014 Legislative Session Wrap Up in ASL 
June 30, 2014 - ASL vlogs now included for this information!

2014 Legislative Session Wrap Up 
June 06, 2014 - Thanks to all who advocated this year for the bills set by the community and commission members. Your participation made a difference. We have one last request of you- to say thanks and to celebrate our success at the Saints game. Please join us in saying thank to our 2014 chief authors who fought long and hard on our behalf to help us get our bills passed.


2013 Legislative Session Wrap Up 
May 23, 2013 - Thanks to all who advocated this year for the bills set by the community and commission members. So many participated and made a difference. Let's make sure we have a successful 2014 session by thanking our 2013 chief authors who were our amazing champions. Two of our bills did not complete this year, but we will have them passed next year.

2013 MNCDHH Legislative Agenda 
February 6, 2013 - By working together over the past twelve years, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind citizens and their allies have passed over 40 pieces of legislation.


News Update from MNCDHH 
May 15, 2015 - In this Issue: Want to be on the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities? Contact deadline is May 18!; Legislature ended session on May 10, 2012 – here are the final updates: 1) Minnesota State Academies in Bonding Bill and 2) Newborn Screening Bill


Wrap up for June 30, 2011, Possible July 1st Shutdown and Some Good News 
June 30, 2011 - The Minnesota state government will shut down on Friday, July 1st if the Governor and the Legislature do not agree on a balanced state budget for the next two years. Only "core" services will be available that are important for issues like health and safety. This means that MNCDHH and many other state offices, such as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Division, will be closed. Some services will not be available to the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing community. There is also some good news! See inside for more.

The Minnesota State Legislator Did Not Finish the State Budget: What Happens Now 
May 27, 2011 - The Minnesota State Legislature Did Not Finish the State Budget What Happens Now Will the State Government Shut Down What About Our Programs and Services

Legislative Update May 18, 2011 
May 18, 2011 - There are only 5 days left in the regular Session at the Capitol, which ends next Monday the 23rd! 

Legislation Issues Talking Points for 2011 Legislative Session 
March 17, 2011 - Want to meet with your legislators or other decision-makers at the Capitol during the 2011 Legislative Session to ask them to protect and support programs and services that are important to the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing community?

2011 Legislative Session Begins 
January 6, 2011 - The 2011 legislative session began this week with members of the House and Senate taking the oath of office. 


2010 Deaf Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Legislative Update 
April 2, 2010 - The Senate and the House are on spring break this week and we finally have time to get you all caught up on the latest on the status of bills that effect us at the capitol. 

2010 Legislative Agenda 
January 15, 2010 - 2010 legislative agenda, as decided and voted on by members of the Commission.


Final Legislative Update June 2009 
July 28, 2009 - Thanks to Your Advocacy Efforts, All the Bills that you Asked us to Initiate or Support- Passed by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor - Funding Cuts to Programs for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Minimal.

April 28, 2009, Legislative Update 
April 28, 2009 - Thanks to your advocacy efforts, one bill is passed, all that we proposed is still alive and funding cuts are minimal.

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