Historic legislation just passed! The Senate just passed HB420 and SB417 is headed for a final vote in the House. The bill, Individuals With Disabilities - Minimum Wage and Community Integration (Ken Capone Equal Employment Act), will phase out the use of 14c certificates that have existed since 1938 and made it possible to pay people with disabilities sub-minimum wage.
We have worked for nearly a decade at the federal level and now at the state level to pass the ABLE so that people with disabilities can open up 529A “ABLE” Accounts to say money for many different disability-related expenses without losing their eligibility for much-needed benefits like SSI and Medicaid. (See www.ndss.org/able and www.ndss.org/stateable for more information on ABLE).
he newest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now renamed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed the House today with a vote of 359-64. It is expected to fly through the Senate, and President Obama will likely sign the new bill by the end of the year.