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Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities. Legislative proposals include measures allowing people with disabilities to keep health insurance while working, encouraging state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities and expanding workforce training programs at state universities. One bill creates a sunset date that would eliminate all funding and operating authority for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides services to help people with disabilities find and keep employment. The bill requires the state to create a new partnership program with local organizations in place of the publicly funded government agency. Some advocates fear that this proposal would lead to the privatization of the state agency, but the bill’s supporters believe the proposal would lead to better economic and educational outcomes for people with disabilities.