Current bills connected to autism
Autism is on the radar of legislators as bills are being heard that affect AuSM members. This week, the autism insurance reform bill, HF.181, was heard in the House health and human services finance committee, and was held over until some questions are answered about the fiscal impact. Sponsored by Representative Kim Norton, the bill would take effect in August 2013.
The companion bill, S.F. 314, is expected to be heard by Senate committees in the next few weeks. Individuals with autism are at greater risk for bullying. AuSM supports The Safe and Supportive Schools Act (HF 826/SF 783) which strengthens school district bullying policies and procedures. This week, the House Education Policy Committee heard testimony and voted in favor of the bill. Click here for a fact sheet explaining the legislation from The Arc Minnesota.