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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.273

Introduced by Representative Donahue of Northfield

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Health; traumatic brain injury; fund; department of motor vehicles;
 registration; Medicaid

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to increase services for individuals with traumatic brain injury by increasing vehicle registrations by $1.00 and establishing a fund.

AN ACT RELATING TO SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SERVICES FOR INDIVIDAULS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN
 INJURY; STUDY

(a)  The agency of human services shall establish a work group to study the issue of services for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and prevention programs.  The work group shall review the existing services available for individuals, the gaps in services, additional supports needed by individuals with TBI, and programs for reducing the incidence of TBI.  The work group shall make a recommendation to the general assembly on the prevention programs that should be created, what additional services and supports should be provided, and how these programs and services should be administered no later than December 15, 2007.  The recommendation shall also include a system of prioritizing populations of individuals who have been underserved.

(b)  The work group shall be composed of:

(1)  one member from the house committee on human services to be appointed by the speaker of the house;

(2)  one member from the senate committee on health and welfare to be appointed by the committee on committees;

(3)  the director of the office of Vermont health access or designee;

(4)  the commissioner of the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living or designee;

(5)  the commissioner of health or designee;

(6)  two representatives from advocacy organizations representing individuals with traumatic brain injury; and

(7)  other members as appointed by the chair of the work group.

(c)  The work group shall elect a chair and vice chair and is authorized to meet up to six times outside the legislative session to perform its functions under this section.  Legislative members of the committee shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for expenses under section 406 of Title 2.

(d)  The secretary of human services shall provide staff support requested by the committee.

Sec. 2.  33 V.S.A. chapter 78 is added to read:

Chapter 78.  INDIVIDUALS WITH
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

§ 7801.  VERMONT BRAIN INJURY Fund

(a)  The Vermont brain injury fund is established in the department of the treasury as a special fund to be a source of financing for services for individuals with TBI, and programs for the prevention of brain injuries established by or contracting with the agency of human services.

(b)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  revenue from the 2007 increase in vehicle registration fees; and

(2)  proceeds from grants, donations, contributions, taxes, and any other sources of revenue as may be provided by statute, rule, or act of the general assembly.

(c)  The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.

(d)  All monies received by or generated to the fund shall be used only as allowed by appropriation of the general assembly for the administration and delivery of services for individuals with TBI, and programs for the prevention of brain injuries established by or contracting with the agency of human services.

Sec. 3.  23 V.S.A. § 361 is amended to read:

§ 361.  PLEASURE CARS

The annual fee for registration of any motor vehicle of the pleasure car type, and all vehicles powered by electricity, shall be $59.00 $60.00 and the biennial fee shall be $108.00 $109.00.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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