[Nfbmo] House Bill Substitute on Disabilities Moves To The Senate

Dewey Bradley deweyspr at mediacombb.net
Thu Apr 14 19:16:12 UTC 2011

This looks good, I think it will pass, I just wonder how many other states 
are having to pass these kinds of laws, I know that Colorado needs to, and 
maybe they will when they see us get it done

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shelia Wright" <sbwright95 at att.net>
To: "'NFB of Missouri Mailing List'" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 1:12 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] House Bill Substitute on Disabilities Moves To The Senate

> Today, the Missouri House of Representatives passed the House Substitute
> Bill for HB 555 by a vote of 157 to 0. We began work on HB 555 in February
> with members visiting legislators, testifying in person at the hearing,
> submitting written testimony, and many making phone calls throughout this
> legislative session. Language prohibiting a child being removed from the
> care of their disabled parents solely on the basis of their disability has
> evolved into a large disability bill that combines a number of disability
> issues. Members of the House have shown overwhelming support for this bill
> and it will now move to the Missouri Senate to continue through the
> necessary legislative process.
> With only four weeks left in the session, it will be important to continue
> to follow the progress of the bill. It's a good opportunity to thank 
> members
> of the Special Standing Committee on Disability and your local
> Representatives for their support; however, efforts to renew interest of
> Senators, many of whom showed support early in the session for SB134, 
> needs
> to be rekindled as work on the House Substitute for HB 555 begins in the
> Senate. The bill must be heard on the Senate floor, assigned to a 
> committee,
> heard by the committee and returned to the floor in time for floor action.
> Not impossible, but not anything we can take for granted either, 
> especially
> considering the number of bills that have been combined into one large 
> bill.
> Please watch for notice of action that will be needed in order to be sure
> that this bill does not get forgotten during the final weeks of the 
> session.
> The momentum is good but there is still work ahead before the victory can 
> be
> claimed. Let's see this through to the end!
> Shelia Wright
> First Vice President
> National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
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