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The Family Care, Seclusion and Restraint, People First, and School Voucher Bills will all be voted on by the Assembly on Tuesday (March 6). All four of these bills could impact people with disabilities in Wisconsin.
These were voted on Tuesday & early Wednesday morning
Family Care/IRIS Caps and Expansion (AB 477):
This bill would lift the caps and expand the programs statewide. The Assembly will vote on an amended version that gives the Joint Finance Committee the authority to decide whether the 15 counties that don’t have Family Care/IRIS can start these programs.
Recommendation from disability advocates: Pass the bill without amendment to lift the caps and ensure people in the counties without these programs can access them.
Passed the Assembly, with Amendment, must go before Joint Finance for Active Review. Since the Assembly added the amendments, now the Senate must vote again on the bill.
Seclusion and Restraint in Schools (AB 455):
This bill would limit the use of seclusion and restraint in schools to situations when the student’s or others’ safety is at risk and it is the last resort. If the Assembly passes AB 455, children will be safer and parents will be informed when these practices are used.
Recommendation from disability advocates: Pass AB 455 so it can become law.
Passed the Assembly
People First Language in State Law (AB 471):
This bill replaces the R-word in state law like Rosa’s Law did on the federal level. If the Assembly passes AB 471, state law will use people-first language and the term “intellectual disabilities” instead of the R-word.
Recommendation from disability advocates: Pass AB 471 so people-first language is used in Wisconsin law.
Passed the Assembly***
Special Needs Vouchers (AB 110):
This bill is intended to allow parents of students with disabilities to use vouchers to attend private schools. The bill takes funding out of public schools, resulting in less money for the vast majority of students with disabilities who remain in public schools. Schools are not required to have special education or related service staff available and do not have to develop new IEPs each year. If the Assembly passes AB 110, it could harm parents and students with disabilities.
Recommendation from disability advocates: Oppose AB 110.
Passed the Assembly. There is still hope as the Senate needs to vote on this bill (SB 486)
Please contact your State Senator Today (http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx) and ask them to oppose SB486
Thank you for participating in the legislative process and making Wisconsin a better place for people with disabilities!