[Education and Welfare] update on Legislative Days and DC
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dauidr at juno.com
Thu Jan 26 07:03:32 CST 2012
Here’s a brief update on my work for Legislative Days and MCB’s work in Washington, DC.
This morning, I am categorizing several bills that I believe we will do well to consider discussing with our State representatives. AS usual, the education and welfare committee will meet via conference call and select the ones we will put forward in Jefferwson City.
If any oyou all who track these items as well have any suggestions, I am open to hearing them out. Call me at (816) 809-7922 or email me off list.
Just a heads-up, many of the disability related bills this year in the State House and Senate have todo with the treatment and recognition of service animals. One, in particular, I am extremely happy to see going before the Senate concerns a nondisabled person’s impersonating someone who is blind or physically handicapped in order to bring along their animal where it is normally not permitted.
Any of us who have had service animals have faced the questions of whether we are “really” disabled, whether we are training a dog, or whether we’re faking it. My personal take on legislation in this area is handlers’s dogs have an emblem or symbol of the school on their chest strap showing certification.
Well, over the next few days, I”ll help you know more of what I know and learn so that we can go to Jeff City informed and articulate.
AS for MCB’s trip to Washington, DC, there will be five of us going. Of course, Denny Huff and Chris Gray from the main office. In addition, Anne Murphy, Denna Noriega, and I will be attending the legislative sessions there.
Among other topics we will present and discuss are the need for audible ID’s medicine bottles from pharmacies and donating cars for impounding from which our affiliates can gain financial remuneration.
If there are any other pressing issues that you all can think of over the weekend which you would like to see addressed, please, let me know. I will categorize them with your representatives committees and ares.
I hope to get more information out ot individual education and welfare committee members over the weekend as well.
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