The Registry bill was filed by our dedicated sponsors, Senator Michael Moore and Representative Linda Dean Campbell, and made excellent progress in the 190th legislative session. It passed through the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and it passed unanimously through the Senate Ways and Means Committee. As the bill came to house consideration, some parties raised concerns about due process for those accused. Negotiations resulted in a revised bill filed as H101 for the 191st legislative session (2019-2020). The Registry will be overseen by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC).
On April 30, the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities held its first hearing of the session which focused mainly on bills related to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Four bills of concern to The Arc were heard with Nicky’s Law (joined with Dana’s Law, and otherwise known as the Abuse Registry Bill) being first on the panel’s list.
Late in the informal session, the Committee on Public Counsel Services (CPCS) threw doubt on the due process components of Nicky’s Law. CPCS presented their concerns to leadership at the House of Representatives. The Arc worked swiftly with the Disability Law Center to formulate and share our response.
Today, it became clear that Nicky’s law, Senate 2606 would not pass the House of Representatives during the informal session. Bill sponsors informed The Arc that some legislators would oppose the bill on the floor given concerns generated regarding protections for employees by the Committee on Public Counsel Services (CPCS). It takes only one legislator to stop a bill during the informal session period which began in August.