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VCDR 2018 Weekly Summary of Legislative Activities, Committee Agendas and Calendar of Events April 16 – April 20 Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights VCDR publishes a weekly legislative calendar of events, committee schedules, and floor activities during the 2018 Legislative Session. This is the second year of the two year legislative biennium. Read more…


FY 2019 BUDGET INFORMATION as passed out of House Appropriations   Below are the links to the written Budget Bill (H.924), House Appropriations Highlights, the FY 2019 Web-Report and an excerpt from Vermont Cares Partners Legislative Update on the Budget. Also find a link to the proposed cuts and explanations from the governor’s original Read more…


Member Testimony on FY 2019 proposed BUDGET   DISABILITY RIGHTS VERMONT – Formerly Vermont Protection & Advocacy (800) 834-7890 (Toll Free)   (802) 229-1355 (Voice) (802) 229-2603 (TTY) (802) 229-1359 (Fax) 141 Main Street, Suite # 7, Montpelier, VT 05602 Date: February 15, 2018 To:       House Committee on Appropriations From:            Read more…


S.152 An act relating to an endorsement for three-wheeled motorcycles Introduced by Senator Joe Benning Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to offer a motorcycle endorsement specific to three-wheeled motorcycles. https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0152/S-0152%20As%20Introduced.pdf   S.159 An act relating to the evidentiary Read more…


Bills of Interest 2018 In the House H.640 An act relating to the right to a hospice consultation Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Clement Bissonnette, William Botzow, Susan Buckholz, Stephen Carr, Annmarie Christensen, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Daniel Connor, David L. Deen, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Helen Head, Read more…


A message from Sarah Launderville,  the President of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights and Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living. The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget. We encourage people with disabilities to attend Read more…


Thousands on disabilities services face cuts under Scott’s budget By Xander Landen Mar 11 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/11/thousands-disabilities-services-face-cuts-scotts-budget/ “More than 3,000 Vermonters with developmental disabilities would see cuts to the services they receive from the state under Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed budget, while another program for the severely disabled faces elimination.   Read more…


Over 350 people flocked to the Statehouse on Feb. 28 for Disability Awareness Day. They spread the word about the event’s theme: “Our Community, Our Health, Our Well-Being.” Members of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights let lawmakers know that health begins where people live, learn, work and play. VCDR Read more…


https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Legislative-Reports/Act-82-Section5-12.15.17-final.pdf Response from Mental Health Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid and Disability Rights Vermont Addendum from Vermont Psychiatric Survivors