State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) yesterday voted to adopt House Concurrent Resolution 21, a bipartisan effort to push back against federal regulations impacting individuals with developmental disabilities.


 


“I am impressed by the leadership my colleagues in the House have shown as they champion the cause of those with developmental disabilities,” Rep. Reineke said. “In travels through my district as well as testimony I heard in Finance committee during the budget, I became aware of the difficult situations facing our citizens and their families. People in my district and across the state work hard to exercise their independence and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The last thing they need is the federal government reaching down from Washington and dictating how they should live their lives. I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution and push back against these burdensome regulations.“


 


Specifically, the resolution urges Congress to request the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise guidance on employment services such as sheltered workshops, training centers and facility-based day programs. Recent rule changes prevent individuals from using Home And Community Based Service Waivers to participate in the affected programs.


 


These programs offer environments specifically designed to provide individuals with developmental disabilities a safe place to work and earn an income. By making the services inaccessible through the HCBS waivers, the regulations effectively prevent the funding needed to run the operations, closing the very spaces individuals with developmental disabilities could maintain a job.


 


The resolution now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


 

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Rep. Reineke Elected To Serve On Majority Caucus Leadership Team

 
Columbus - 

During today’s House session, State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as House Assistant Majority Whip, following the departure of Rep. Robert McColley, who has been appointed to the Ohio Senate. 



 
 

Legislation Allowing For Multi-Jurisdictional Seneca County Drug Court Passes Ohio House

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that will enhance efficiency in the way Seneca County courts address low-level drug offenses.



 
 

Ohio House Passes Legislation Encouraging Workforce Development In The Automotive Field

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation they jointly sponsored that would allow automotive technicians and motor vehicle technicians at retail stores the ability to join the Incumbent Workforce Voucher Program.